Last week the National Journal Education Experts blog asked about Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s first term legacy.
In my response, I highlight Duncan’s work to set the stage for improving early learning from birth through 3rd grade. I also suggest priorities for Duncan should he get the opportunity for a second term:
The Office of Early Learning needs to have more of a role in the Department’s K-3rd programs, especially those that involve kindergarten. Kindergarten needs attention. It is part of the PreK-12 system, but it’s not treated the same as first grade – with respect to funding or time – in most states. School districts still need better guidance on how Title I and other federal funds can be used to support early learning such as Title II – for example, can preschool teachers participate in elementary school professional development? States need more support on implementing promising approaches to help children read by the end of third grade. (Because passing laws to hold students back won’t do it.)
See my full response here.