May 16, 2003

In this Issue:

  1. NIH Awards Grants for Six New Autism Research Centers
      Source: NIH News Release - May 13, 2003
  2. Early Head Start Program Strategies: Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Infants, Toddlers, and Families
      Source: www.ehsnrc.org/ - May 12, 2003
  3. A Stitch in Time: Calculating the Costs of School Unreadiness
      Source: www.financeproject.org/ - Retrieved May 12, 2003
  4. Implementation of the State Children's Health Insurance Program: Systhesis of State Evaluations
      Source: www.mathematica-mpr.com - Retrieved May 14, 2003
  5. Schools' Use of Assessments for Kindergarten Entrance and Placement: 1998-99
      Source: National Center for Education Statistics - April 2003
  6. Technology Counts 2003: Pencil's Down: Technology's Answer To Testing
      Source: Education Week on the Web - May 15, 2003

1. NIH Awards Grants for Six New Autism Research Centers

Source: NIH News Release - May 13, 2003

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded grants to support six new research centers of a major network focusing on the biomedical and behavioral aspects of autism. These centers will join two that were funded last year. The overall initiative, called STAART (Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment) Centers Program, demonstrates NIH commitment to autism research and responds to a need expressed in the Children's Health Act of 2000. To read more go to: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/oc/news/autgrts.htm.

2. Early Head Start Program Strategies: Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Infants, Toddlers, and Families

Source: www.ehsnrc.org/ - May 12, 2003

A new publication from the Early Head Start National Resource Center is now available in pdf:
Early Head Start Program Strategies: Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Infants, Toddlers, and Families. Go to http://www.ehsnrc.org/pdffiles/mpsmentalhealth.pdf.

3. A Stitch in Time: Calculating the Costs of School Unreadiness

Source: www.financeproject.org/ - Retrieved May 12, 2003

A recent publication from the Finance Project is now available online in pdf:
A Stitch in Time: Calculating the Costs of School Unreadiness, by Charles Bruner, September 2002. Go to: http://www.financeproject.org/Publications/stitchintime.pdf

4. Implementation of the State Children's Health Insurance Program: Systhesis of State Evaluations

Source: www.mathematica-mpr.com - Retrieved May 14, 2003

Implementation of the State Children's Health Insurance Program: Systhesis of State Evaluations, a congressionally mandated analysis of state SCHIP evaluations published by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., in March 2003, is available online at http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/PDFs/impchildhlth.pdf

5. Schools' Use of Assessments for Kindergarten Entrance and Placement: 1998-99

Source: National Center for Education Statistics - April 2003

Schools' Use of Assessments for Kindergarten Entrance and Placement: 1998-99. This report uses data from the base-year (kindergarten) of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 to describe the use of entrance or placement tests prior to kindergarten by schools in the U.S. It examines the different ways that schools use the information from these tests. It describes schools use of entrance and placement tests by public and private schools, and by schools with different concentrations of low-income children, different grade levels taught, and different numbers of children enrolled. Go to: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2003/2003004.pdf

6. Technology Counts 2003: Pencil's Down: Technology's Answer To Testing

Source: Education Week on the Web - May 15, 2003

School districts and states are increasingly turning to computer-based testing to meet new demands, raising a host of new questions about assessment, according to EDUCATION WEEK's sixth annual report on school technology. The report, released May 8, 2003, includes in-depth articles on issues surrounding online assessment, state profiles, and state-by-state data on school computer use. http://www.edweek.org/rc/articles/2004/10/15/tc-archive.html