The International Early Learning and Child Well-Being Study, a new test that’s been termed the “Baby PISA” by critics, seeks to gauge which types of early childhood education are most effective. Created by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the exam will compare children’s literacy and numeracy skills in addition to their capacities for empathy and self-control. Even though controversy has sprung up around this new test, our 2017 EdNext poll found that 48 percent of parents support requiring students in publicly funded preschool programs to take state tests of early reading and math skills. More information about standards, testing, and accountability is available on our topics page.

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Last updated February 23, 2018