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Lessons for PreK-3rd From Montgomery County Public Schools

Published: December 2010

Publisher(s): Foundation for Child Development

Author(s): Marietta, Geoff

Funder(s): Foundation for Child Development

View Report (32 pages; 859KB; PDF)

Lessons for Pre-K-3rd from Montgomery County Public Schools

Area of Focus: Early Learning


The report presents a road map of how a district improved third-grade reading proficiency rates and narrowed the achievement gap, in spite of growing English Language Learner and low-income populations.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

=Establish a clear and compelling district-wide goal that maps back to early learning.

=Craft integrated district-wide early-learning strategies to meet the clear and compelling goal.

=Align early learning programs and services with the integrated K-12 strategies.

=Balance teacher support and accountability to ensure effective and consistent implementation.

=Innovate and monitor for continuous improvement.

Focus: Montgomery County, Maryland

Subjects/Keywords: Achievement Gap; Assessment; College Readiness; Curriculum; Early Childhood Education; English Language Learner; K-12; Head Start; Judy Center; Low-Income; Pre-K; Reading Proficiency

+ Successful strategy
= Observation
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