This study finds that kindergarten has changed dramatically since 1998, which was before No Child Left Behind became law. Two examples:
- In 1998, 31 percent of teachers believed their students should learn to read during the kindergarten year. That figure jumped to 80 percent by 2010.
- The percentage of teachers who reported offering music every day in kindergarten dropped by half, from 34 percent to 16 percent.
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This summer, millions of excited 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds will be getting ready for their first real year of school. But some of them may be in for a wake-up call when that first bell rings. If you have young kids in school, or talk with teachers of young children, you’ve likely heard the refrain – that something’s changed in the early grades.
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As kindergarten becomes the new first grade, some worry that the joy of learning is being lost with higher rigor.