Every Child Deserves Every Opportunity
Data shows that the equity gap begins early and persists throughout a child’s life. The overall portion of children who are not kinder ready is nearly identical to the percentage of children who are not reading at grade level in 3rd grade. If children do not get a strong start, it is extremely difficult for them to catch up.
While more students are meeting or exceeding standards in language arts year over year in every demographic category, the disparities are significant. Hispanic and African American children, and English learners, lag far behind their Asian and White peers. Poverty, which includes children of all races, is also a major roadblock to academic success.
87% of our County’s children are students of color; the disparities by ethnicity and poverty will affect our future.