Policy is changing for K-12 schools.
Here in Massachusetts, districts and schools are unpacking newly released MCAS and PARCC scores and deciphering what these scores mean for learning and accountability. At the same time, Massachusetts is developing a next-generation MCAS that will be administered in the spring.
On the federal level, the “No Child Left Behind” law was reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); and state officials are working on our plan for this new law.
All of this is activity is important, but K-12 can’t achieve the success we all want without integrating early learning.
Learning begins at birth; the research on this point is clear. Children need a strong early learning foundation and a range of supportive efforts that stretch through their first eight years, from birth to third grade.
Despite the proven power of early learning, there are very few government mandates to provide these early learning supports. This absence does, however, (more…)