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Early Language & Literacy KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Early Language and Literacy KnowledgeBase is an online resource supporting language and literacy development in early learners from birth through age eight. Its focus is to support parents and caregivers in helping early learners with their language and literacy development, and teachers in enhancing their instruction for early learners from pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3.

Task 1: Prepare for Data Collection

Guideline: Data collection involves intentional gathering of previously specified useful information, which is the basis for data-based decision making. Such a gathering needs to be in an established and systematic manner that will enable the answering of research or other priority questions, evaluation of outcomes, etc. Compiling such information requires preparation and planning to determine the data needed, identify data sources, determine the data will be both accurate and appropriate to answer questions, and determine the process needed to collect the data how the data will be collected.



Data Use for Improving Learning

This link to the Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center's website for data use provides resources on using data to improve learning.


Data Collection/Organization

This National Education Association website on school improvement offers information on collecting and organizing data. While focusing on school improvement, the content may be useful with any data collection effort.


Statistics Every Writer Should Know

This resource describes in "plain English, some basic concepts in statistics that every writer should know."



American Indian Cultures

This link is to the American Indian Education KnowledgeBase. The KnowledgeBase is an online resource to aid education professionals in their efforts to serve American Indian students and close the achievement gap American Indian students have faced in public, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other schools. Element 2 provides information about American Indian cultures.

The website sponsored by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics provides useful statistics and information on America's children.


Kids Count

This link is to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count initiative. As noted at its website, "Kids Count is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States."


National Center for Education Statistics

This link is to the National Center for Education Statistics. As noted at its website, "the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education."


The English Language Learner KnowledgeBase

This link is to the English Language Learner KnowledgeBase, an online resource supporting education professionals in the administration of programs for English language learner (ELL) students. It is divided into components providing resources for program administrators, teachers, parent advocates and educators of migrant students.


U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau's website provides data sources with information about the population of the United States.


Responsible Conduct in Data Management

This link to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Research Integrity website provides a learning module in data management. As noted at the website, "The purpose of this online module is to give a brief introduction to integrity issues related to data management and increase researchers' awareness of such issues." Educators may find its content useful in learning about data management issues that can be encountered when dealing with research data. The complete module may take three to five hours to complete.