Using Data to Promote Collaboration in Local School Readiness Systems

Posted January 1, 2008
By the Urban Institute
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Research indicates that what happens to children before they enter kindergarten is critical to the goal of achieving reading proficiency for all by the third grade. This brief summarizes the content and results of a project undertaken by the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) in eight cities to explore approaches to strengthening local school readiness systems (Atlanta, Chattanooga, Cleveland, Denver, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee and Providence).

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Key Takeaway

The coherence of existing school readiness systems varies substantially across sites.

Up to one-half of the gap in achievement scores in school can be attributed to gaps already evident at the time of school entry. Once established, these gaps are difficult to diminish after school begins.