Curriculum, Instructional, and Academic Rigor

IdeaLab Articles

Are Montessori Pre-K Programs the Best Educational Model for Low-Income Black and Latino Children?

BY MAI MIKSIC | Children start school with varying degrees of “school readiness,” or preparedness for full-time schooling. School readiness includes measures such as children’s socialization level, ability to sit and pay attention, and/or knowledge of the alphabet and numbers. School readiness is also predictive of academic achievement later in life (Duncan et al., 2007),… Read More

Academic Rigor and the Achievement Gap

The growing college completion gap BY VANESSA COCA | One of the most vexing issues in education today is the growing disparity in college completion by race/ethnicity and income[i]. For example, 25 percent of White 25- to 29-year-olds had earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher in 1980, compared with only 12 percent of Blacks and… Read More

Are We Under-Challenging Young Children? Academic Rigor, Student Achievement, and Sustaining Preschool Effects through Kindergarten

BY MAI MIKSIC | Evidence from around the world suggests that academic rigor in K-12 can help to close the achievement gap (Ripley, 2013; Quint, Thompson, & Bald, 2008; Warbuton, E. C., Bugarin, R., & Nunez, A., 2001). Academic rigor indicates challenging content at an appropriate developmental level. In contrast to their peers abroad, education policymakers… Read More