Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011) Spring Third-Grade National Collection, Fourth-Grade Recruitment, and Fifth-Grade Tracking
Abstract: The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011), sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), is a survey that focuses on children’s early school experiences beginning with kindergarten and continuing through the fifth grade. It includes the collection of data from parents, teachers, school administrators, and nonparental care providers, as well as direct child assessments. Like its sister study, the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K), the ECLS-K:2011 is exceptionally broad in its scope and coverage of child development, early learning, and school progress, drawing together information from multiple sources to provide rich data about the population of children who were kindergartners in the 2010-11 school year. This submission requests OMBs clearance for (1) a spring 2015 fourth-grade national data collection and (2) recruitment for the spring 2016 fifth-grade data collection.
Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal on or before October 10, 2014 at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting Docket ID number ED-2014-ICCD-0103.
What type of “rich data” do we need to collect about kindergarten children? They love to play and sing and dance and climb and run and jump and talk and imagine and pretend, that’s rich.
We know everything we need to know to provide an excellent education to every child in America. The effort to collect data on our children is not to provide a better education but to better standardize education so that it creates a “normed” society that places some on the lower level, some in the middle, and very few at the top of the societal pyramid.
It is not until we change the focus of education by lending our voice to the system of notification and comment used by the Federal government and say “NO” to the data mining of our children’s future, leading to the end of their freedom in America.
Comment now. No more data mining!
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