The years between pre-kindergarten and third grade are vital to creating the foundation for later school success. Despite the growing effort of the community to expand pre-kindergarten opportunities for 3-and 4-year olds and to close early achievement gaps, many young children in our community still lack access to the quality early education and schooling that could make a difference. Achievement gaps and disparities in learning exist even as children enter pre-kindergarten and these gaps persist throughout early elementary school. By third grade, children’s school paths begin to diverge dramatically.
When these crucial efforts are connected and aligned to create continuity between early care and education and elementary schools it is likely that those children will achieve 3rd Grade Academic Success.
As part of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, The Early Childhood Leadership Team has created a comprehensive Community Solutions Action Plan (CSAP) to help bridge the gap between school readiness and 3rd Grade Academic Success.
Below is a list of the community goals.
Goal 1: School Readiness
- 90% of Brownsville students will enter Kindergarten ready for school by 2020.
Goal 2: 3rd Grade Proficiency
- 95% of Brownsville 3rd graders will be proficient in Reading and 90% will be proficient in Math by 2020, with improvement yearly.
- Close the proficiency gap between English testing students and Spanish testing students.
Goal 3: Attendance
- Maintain a 97.5% attendance rate for elementary schools (BISD).
Goal 4: Data Challenge
- Implement the Early Development Instrument as the school readiness measurement tool by 2012. <completed>
- Make data more accessible to social workers, educators and parents by 2013. <ongoing>
- Change standards/Move toward the Common Core of Data as a standards measurement by 2020.
- Ensure all children receive rigorous coursework that makes them competitive at the national and global level by 2020.
Goal 5: Summer Learning and Access to Information
- More low-income, low performing children will have access to educational opportunities over the summer to close the learning gap between grade levels by 2015.
- Parents will have access to information of available summer learning opportunities and activities for children beginning in 2012. <ongoing>
- More local organizations will provide summer learning opportunities increasing every year.
- Additional funding of a minimum of $100,000 will be available yearly for community organizations to provide free, summer learning opportunities to children from birth to age 8.