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Changing the Metrics of Turnaround to Encourage Early Learning Strategies

The Ounce of Prevention Fund released a report outlining that current metrics used in School Improvement Grants effectively eliminate the viability of early learning as a potential long-term improvement strategy.

The report states that the federal government and states should rethink their metrics for turnaround success in order to encourage earlier investment. The new metrics of success should include two kinds of metrics:

  • Metrics that address professional practice, including the quality of instruction and leadership
  • Child outcome metrics other than scores on accountability tests

Unlike high-stakes accountability tests, these metrics are suitable for use in kindergarten through grade 2. If these metrics are used, then schools that use turnaround resources to support early learning can actually see that early learning investment impacts the determination of the turnaround’s success.

November 2014