“Early Learning Needs Accountability” the title of a recent Education Week opinion piece declares.
Written by Elliot Regenstein, senior vice president for advocacy and policy at the Ounce of Prevention Fund, and Rio Romero-Jurado, who works on the fund’s policy team, the article asks a key question:
How can K-12 education improve if policymakers don’t know how well children are doing in early learning settings?
The article links to several policy briefs that the Ounce of Prevention Fund is using to fuel “Policy Conversations” by “publishing some innovative ideas about how we can bridge the early education and K–12 systems, improving the quality and outcomes of both.”
The Recent and Disappointing History of Accountability Efforts
The authors write that, “To date, accountability policies have focused on student test scores from 3rd grade onward as the primary measure of progress, ignoring what goes on before then.”
However it is these first years of life that “are actually the most important to a child’s development, and we need an accountability system that measures the (more…)