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Early education’s growing prominence in the era of accountability



School readiness, Transition

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Robert C. Pianta Ph.D., Martha J. Cox Ph.D., Kyle L. Snow Ph.D.

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The accountability movement of the last decade has had K–12 educators feeling pressure like never before. Though NCLB does not extend to early education, increasing recognition of the importance of ECE to later school achievement is drawing attention now. Can a similar call for evidence-based practices and standards be far behind? Read on for Robert Pianta’s thoughts on the accountability movement and ECE; Pianta is co-editor of School Readiness and the Transition to Kindergarten in the Era of Accountability, which features the latest research from the field’s foremost experts.

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