New Mexico Prekindergarten Research Alliance
This alliance seeks to examine factors related to improving the quality and effectiveness of New Mexico’s prekindergarten programs and their impact on children’s school readiness and grade 3 success. Alliance work includes developing a research agenda, conducting research, and supporting the use of data and evidence to improve practice, policy, and student outcomes.
Latest Work Update: Winter 2017
During this quarter, the New Mexico Prekindergarten Research Alliance liaison and members communicated regularly to address questions, discuss alliance projects, and plan and hold events.
On February 27, the alliance convened via webinar for a quarterly meeting. Members received a presentation on the New Mexico PreK Participation for Special Populations project, which was completed in January. The presentation informed a follow-up discussion, as alliance members considered the factors affecting preK participation and potential ways to improve it.
Members also received updates on two other alliance projects. The New Mexico Kindergarten Readiness technical assistance project is supporting alliance members in analyzing differences in preK student performance on the state's new Kindergarten Observation Tool (KOT) and the Beginning of Year (BOY) Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) composite assessment. REL Southwest anticipates this project will run through April or May. Progress is also being made on the Kindergarten Observation Tool Validation study, which is assessing the tool's validity, reliability, and fairness. REL Southwest anticipates that a public report of the findings will be published later this year.
In addition, the alliance began planning for a bridge event webinar, "Leading the Way: How States Are Addressing Early Learning Under ESSA," which was held March 21, 2017. Cohosted by the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), this webinar provided resources and strategies for integrating early learning into state plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), including examples from state leaders in Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, and Washington. The New Mexico Prekindergarten Research Alliance liaison contributed to the planning and presentation of this bridge event.
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