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Carlisle (Iowa) Elementary School--Curricula; Education, Preschool--Standards--Iowa;


This paper describes the process of evaluating current standards and benchmarks for the Carlisle Elementary Preschool, revising them using the Iowa Early Learning Standards, which were completed in May 2005, revising a teacher-created assessment tool and progress report, and investigating the curriculum that is used and how it aligns with the newly created standards and benchmarks. Standards and benchmarks have been a focus in the educational field due to the implementation of the Federal "No Child Left Behind" Act.

Many standards and benchmarks have been created for kindergarten through twelfth grade but few programs have adopted standards and benchmarks prior to kindergarten. States are moving towards early childhood standards and benchmarks in order to focus on the most critical learning years which occurs between the ages of zero and five-years-old. This project addresses this need for the Carlisle Community School District and provides a model for other preschool programs in the development and implementation of preschool standards and benchmarks.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Rebecca K. Edmiaston


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