A newmakes a case for the nation’s governors to take a more active role in bringing the too-often separate worlds of early-childhood education and K-12 closer together to plan policy and adopt practice.
The momentum around improving early-childhood education and K-12 schooling has never been stronger, according to the paper published last week by the National Governors Association. But unless the goals and plans for each match up and reinforce one another, states will fall short of maximizing the potential for driving up achievement levels for all students.
The key areas in pre-K and K-12 education identified as ripe for collaboration include: governance, early-learning standards, assessment, developing teacher capacity, and making decisions about state spending and resource allocation.
A version of this article appeared in the October 10, 2012 edition of Education Week as Early Years