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Case Studies of Schools Implementing Early Elementary Strategies: Preschool Through Third Grade Alignment and Differentiated Instruction

December 1, 2016

Authors: 

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Policy and Program Studies Service
The report, from the U.S. Department of Education, looks at Boston Public Schools, Chicago Child-Parent Centers, Early Works Initiative, FirstSchool, and Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL).  All five programs focus on elementary schools that include on-site/co-located PreK classrooms and strive to create greater coherence across the PreK-3rd grade continuum. 
 
In addition to identifying common practices and alignment strategies, the case study highlights programs' self-reported observed improvements in student outcomes. Across the five programs, there are common challenges, including guiding teachers to change their practices and concerns about funding sustainability.

APA Citation: 

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Policy and Program Studies Service (2016). Case studies of schools implementing early elementary strategies: Preschool through third grade alignment and differentiated instruction. Washington, D.C.: Author.

Level: 

  • School-Level Perspectives

State: 

  • Massachusetts
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Oregon
  • North Carolina
  • California