Daphna Bassok has KG is new first grade research cited in a new U.S. News article.
Kindergarten is the new first grade.
That's the big finding from researchers at the University of Virginia who compared kindergarten and first-grade classrooms between 1998 and 2010, and found that over the 12-year period, kindergarten classes have become startlingly like first grade.
'We were fairly floored by how consistent the results were across everything in the data,' says Daphna Bassok, study co-author and assistant professor of education at U.Va. 'We saw very large changes, and the magnitude was large, too, in how teachers spend their time and how the classroom is structured and what kids are experiencing.'
The researchers used data from an early childhood longitudinal study in 1998 and 2011 to compare kindergarten classrooms between 1998 and 2010. The sample included 2,500 public school kindergarten teachers in 1998 and 2,700 in 2010.