Teaching Strategies Gold, new pre-school standards tool, takes root in pilot classrooms

Article By: Sarah Tan | November 13, 2013 | Originally Posted on nola.com

When her three-year-olds help a classmate, recite the alphabet or balance on a bar at the playground, Eugenia Patterson and her assistant at Wilcox Academy in Mid-City, like most good teachers, offer praise, feedback and guidance. But now there’s an added step: They also pull out their phone or tablet computer and document the event, with a photograph and notes.

It’s part of a new effort by Louisiana to assess how well pre-schoolers are developing, and eventually to hold early childhood education centers accountable, much in the way that public elementary and secondary schools are evaluated and given letter grades. This is the first year of Louisiana’s pilot program, which covers publicly funded pre-schools in 15 public school systems- including Orleans and St. Tammany – but state officials plan to expand it to all school systems by 2015.

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