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Document Number: 10688

College and Career Readiness: The Importance of Early Learning - Advocating for a rich curriculum from Day One of early learning even if that richness doesn't produce a quick pay off in test scores, this report points out early learning allows student interests to develop at an early age, to grow over time, and provides a basis for learning in the later grades. Playing catchup is difficult indeed. Students "far off the track in eighth grade had only a 10% chance in reading, 6% chance in science, and 3% chance in mathematics of reaching ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks by twelfth grade," according to the report. Also covered are components of a strong early learning program and several common beliefs that hold quality programs back. (ACT, February 2013)...

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