October 28, 2004

In this Issue:

  1. Issues in State Accountability Systems
      Source: Beth Rous, SPARC Director - October 27, 2004
  2. Who Goes to Preschool and Why Does It Matter?
      Source: NIEER - October 21, 2004
  3. House Passes Assistive Technology Bill
      Source: thomas.loc.gov/ - Retrieved October 26, 2004

1. Issues in State Accountability Systems

Source: Beth Rous, SPARC Director - October 27, 2004

We are pleased to announce the completion of a joint document entitled Issues in State Accountability Systems. This document is designed to provide a resource to state policy makers and researchers who are interested in collaboratively designing and implementing rigorous and systematic accountability models that yield accurate data. It was jointly developed through the State Preschool Accountability Research Collaborative (SPARC) at the University of Kentucky and the Identifying and Predicting Outcomes of Interagency Coordination Project at the FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

The document is available on the SPARC Web site or can be downloaded directly at http://www.ihdi.uky.edu/Sparc/Issues_in_Accountability.pdf. Hard copies can be obtained through the University of Kentucky Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute by contacting Beth Rous (brous@uky.edu) or 859-257-9116.

2. Who Goes to Preschool and Why Does It Matter?

Source: NIEER - October 21, 2004

A new study by the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER), Who Goes to Preschool and Why Does It Matter?, examined the influence on preschool attendance of such characteristics of children and their families as age, ethnicity, family size, income, and parental education. The study identified a significant gap in preschool participation between children in lower and higher income families. The gap was worse for working families above the poverty line (earning $40,000 to $50,000) than for those living in poverty. The full report can be accessed online at http://nieer.org/docs/index.php?DocID=190.

3. House Passes Assistive Technology Bill

Source: thomas.loc.gov/ - Retrieved October 26, 2004

The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 (H.R. 4278), which is now being sent to President Bush for his signature. The Assistive Technology Act funds state programs that provide assistive technology (AT) devices and services to individuals with disabilities. For more information go to http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c108:H.R.+4278: