Using Data to Promote Collaboration in Local School Readiness Systems

By the Urban Institute

January 1, 2008

Summary

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.

Findings & Stats

Vulnerable neighborhoods in Atlanta and the surrounding counties.

Proximity to quality public education - free and reduced price lunch students, Grade 1 to 3 (2007) in Denver.

Indicator of success in reaching at-risk populations in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Risk index by cnesus tract in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

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