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The Readiness Project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pam Kinsmith   
Friday, 23 May 2008

The opportunity to attend a pre-K class makes a child 40 percent less likely to need special education services, 40 percent less likely to repeat a grade and twice as likely to attend college.

A 10 percent increase in the graduation rate for boys would reduce the arrest rate for murder by 20 percent, for car theft by 13 percent, and for arson by eight percent. A five percent increase in high school graduation rates would produce $115 million in annual benefits to the state and bring an additional $55 million in wages into our economy.

The goal of the Readiness Project is to create a comprehensive, child-centered public education system that begins before kindergarten, continues through grade 12 and higher education, and extends through work force development and lifelong learning to ensure that each individual has the opportunity to achieve his of her full potential.

To realize this goal public schools, higher education institutions, and private and community partners will need to work together to provide students with pathways to prepare for life and work and to enable the Commonwealth to be competitive in the 21st century.

To meet these challenges, the Readiness Project members will be guided by these 5 education objectives:

  1. Provide every child with the opportunity to enter public school ready to learn.
  2. Provide every student with outstanding and highly qualified teachers who are respected professionals recruited from among the best and the brightest in the Commonwealth.
  3. Provide every student with the support necessary to meet the state's high standards and high expectations.
  4. Provide the support and infrastructure needed to ensure the opportunity for every student to have an accessible, affordable and globally competitive higher education.
  5. Provide an education system that enables every student to transition successfully from high school to higher education, to the work force ready to succeed and to be a productive, engaged and contributing citizen.

The Readiness Project is a statewide initiative involving over 200 educators, business leaders, and community leaders who will lead the development of a 10-year strategic plan for the future of education in the Commonwealth. This will include consideration of some fundamental and systemic challenges that face public education in Massachusetts. 

This information and more can be found at http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=gov3topic&L=2&L0=Home&L1=Key+Priorities&sid=Agov3

 

 
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