Daphna Bassok, assistant professor and associate director of EdPolicyWorks, has kindergarten is new first grade research cited in new article.
The shift in the way society values kindergarten
With higher expectations and accountability for early educators and parents, kindergarten curriculums have become increasingly more difficult, with a higher focus on advanced math and literacy, according to a recent study from researchers at the University of Virginia.
The researchers compared public school kindergarten classrooms between 1998 and 2010 and found significant changes in kindergarten teachers' beliefs about school readiness, time spent on academic and nonacademic content, classroom organization, pedagogical approach and use of standardized assessments.
The researchers found kindergarten classrooms has become more academically centered and less focused on exploration, social skill development and play due to various reasons.