July 2019

Preschool to Third Grade Alignment: What Do We Know and What Are We Learning?

This policy brief addresses recent results from two studies: one focused on alignment of math instructional practices PreK to Kindergarten (Making PreK Count/High 5s in New York City), and the other focused on alignment of an integrated curriculum and professional development from PreK through 2nd grade (ExCEL in Boston Public Schools). The brief examines the concept of instructional alignment and its potential for upholding the longer-term advantages of preschool programs, and provides in-depth attention to the challenges of aligning instructional practices across age/grade levels.

Author(s): Meghan McCormick, Shira Mattera, JoAnn Hsueh Organization: MDRC
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