Final Report & Recommendation Release

Date: October 31, 2007

The Pew Charitable Trusts
1025 F Street, NW, Suite 900

Washington, DC 20004


In the last four years, states have increased investments in prekindergarten by nearly $2 billion but few have built a comprehensive system to measure and improve the effectiveness of their early education programs.

The National Early Childhood Accountability Task Force will release their final set of recommendations for state early childhood accountability systems, and for linking such efforts to standards-based assessment efforts in kindergarten and the primary grades.  


Wednesday, October 31, 2007
9:30 am – 11:30  am
Continental breakfast will be available at 9am.


Sharon Lynn Kagan, Task Force Chair, Professor and Associate Dean for Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University and Professor Adjunct, Yale University

Eugene Garcia, Task Force Vice-Chair, Vice President for Education Partnerships, Arizona State University

Barbara Bowman, Director, Office of Early Childhood Education, Chicago Public Schools and Professor, Erikson Institute

Lindy Buch, Director, Office of Early Childhood Education and Family Services, Michigan Department of Education

Jacqueline Jones, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Early Childhood Education, New Jersey State Department of Education

Thomas Schultz, Project Director, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Sara Watson, Senior Officer, The Pew Charitable Trusts

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The National Early Childhood Accountability Task Force was created in April 2005 by the Foundation for Child Development, the Joyce Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts to build a comprehensive vision for early childhood accountability efforts.  The Task Force was charged to review current state and federal initiatives, to provide guidance on tough issues and to recommend steps that states should and should not take as they embark on accountability and program improvement efforts. 

The following presentations have slides available for download in PDF format:

The STATE of Accountability in Michigan’s Early Childhood System - Lindy Buch, Ph.D.

Taking Stock: Assessing & Improving Early Childhood Learning and Program Quality - Dr. Sharon Lynn Kagan and Dr. Eugene Garcia

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