In this report, Paul Nyhan from New America describes the efforts of the San Francisco Unified School District to address a widening academic achievement gap by creating a bridge from PreK-Grade 3. The school district focused on aligning curricula, professional development, and assessments across PreK-Grade 3, with initial efforts beginning first at the lower grade levels. Change was implemented over a six year period and focused on building the necessary support from district leaders, as well as internal capacity to sustain necessary changes. Although it is too soon to see results in terms of standardized test scores, all students are entering kindergarten better prepared for school–with the most significant improvements for Latino students.
Read it here.