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.
After watching the video, Kindergarten is the New First Grade in Texas, reflect on the following:
Also respond to the following questions:
In this discussion, we will briefly debate the appropriateness of pushing down curriculum. Find your assigned debate group below (by first letter of last name):
§ A-L: Proponents of pushing down curriculum
§ M-Z: Opponents of pushing down curriculum
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