Factor structure and validity of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale – Third Edition (ECERS-3)

As with the past research using ECERS-R and CLASS Pre-K (Burchinal et al., 2011; Burchinal, Zaslow, & Tarullo, 2016), the associations between ECERS-3 and children’s outcomes are either nonsignificant or small, raising general questions about the field’s tools for measuring quality. There are several possible explanations for these weak associations, and it is possible that several of them are true simultaneously.

“Let kids be kids” – Surprising advice from the World Economic Forum at Davos

It seems that more people are catching on to the idea that over-scheduling kids' lives and signing them up for every extracurricular activity imaginable is perhaps not so great for them. Nor is focusing on standardized test scores in schools, to the detriment of outdoor play time. Kids need play. For them, play is everything; it is how they learn to operate in this world.

Thousands of teachers caught cheating to improve exam results

Thousands of teachers have been caught cheating to try to improve their pupils’ test results, figures from one of the country’s leading exam boards show. Nearly 2,300 malpractice offences were committed by staff in educational institutions offering OCR exams between 2012 and 2016, according to data obtained through a freedom of information request by the Sunday Times. More than half of the teachers committing malpractice offences were accused of providing “improper assistance” to students taking exams. In comparison, there were 3,603 cases of candidates being caught cheating over the same period.