Kindergarten is the New First Grade in Texas

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Pushing Down Curriculum

According to the National Center for Education Statistics’ report on reading assessment, in 2011 Black students scored 22 points lower and Hispanic students scored 23 points lower than White students (NCES, 2011). This gap in academic performance, also known as the achievement gap, has resulted in increased emphasis on skill development in the early grades. In many states, this has resulted in “pushing down” curriculum from higher grades so that students master this content earlier.

Kindergarten is the New First Grade in Texas”, reflect on the following:

  1. Can a state mandated textbook containing content designed for first grade students be part of a developmentally appropriate Kindergarten curriculum?

Also consider the following questions:

  1. What can happen when young children are presented with tasks that are out of the developmental range?
  2. Think about what Kindergartners may internalize about reading and learning if they are faced with tasks that are developmentally out of reach.
  3. Are there ways to increase literacy skills without pushing down curriculum?
  4. Is there anything inherently wrong with increasing the academic rigor of early grades or is the problem in the approach?
  5. What are the implications of this strategy for diverse learners?

I need you to briefly debate the appropriateness of pushing down curriculum. 

YOUR POSITION IS A Proponent of pushing down curriculum

I need you to develop and post a cohesive, research-based argument in support for or against the pushing down of curriculum based on your position. Consider the questions above in your debate.

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