Education


By 2020, San Antonio has orchestrated one of the greatest turnarounds in education in the United States.

San Antonio provides access to quality education for all students no matter where they live in our city. The city is propelled forward by an approach where students learn, teachers thrive, parents engage, and citizens contribute to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century in a way that rivals any city in America. This San Antonio approach to education develops citizens who are thinkers, problem-solvers, and lifelong learners, prepared to tackle our society’s greatest challenges and proud to call San Antonio their home.

Overview

It’s no secret that San Antonio has prioritized education and made significant investments in this area in recent years. When the SA2020 vision was created, education received more attention than any other Cause Area as a foundational area of concern and opportunity for improvement. A better-educated community means a better community overall.

Although momentum and enthusiasm are high, education is one area where it can take an entire generation to start seeing progress. We won’t be able to see the effects of Pre-K and early childhood initiatives on high school graduation and college readiness until we see this first round of students through to the end. That’s why it’s so important to measure progress at key intervals – such as third grade reading – to ensure we’re moving in the right direction. Identifying small victories along the way helps inform and shape strategies to make steady improvement across the community.

Improve Kindergarten Readiness

Progress Progress

Some of the strongest evidence in education research points to the economic benefits of investing in foundational education and the educational impact of children beginning school with basic math and literacy skills. Our community’s most significant investments have been made on the “front-end” of the issue, most notably through a city sales tax funding the expansion of Pre-K education. Early childhood initiatives aim to start our children off on the right foot by preparing children for academic success through significant cognitive gains and preventing challenges that students face in later years when intervention is much more difficult and costly. In 2013, we were finally able to begin tracking kindergarten readiness. As of 2016, we’ve begun making progress toward the SA2020 goal, but not at the rate to meet it on time. The interpretation of these data is limited by geography. Since the EDI has been implemented in additional schools and school districts each year since 2012, it is difficult to trend the entirety of the population assessed since they are not consistent year-to-year. So, in order to trend these data we have chosen to monitor the 245 census tracts (of the approximately 365 Bexar County tracts) that had students assessed in the baseline year. For these tracts, there has been PROGRESS made annually but not at the rate needed to meet the 2020 goal of 30%. Children who are assessed as “Very Ready” in the top 25th percentile on four of the five domains. The domains are: Physical Health and Wellbeing, Social Competence, Emotional Maturity, Language and Cognitive Development, Communication Skills, and General Knowledge.    

Call to Action: 

  • Learn more about SA2020 education partners, then give your time, talent, energy, or dollars to one (or more).
  • Attend and participate in school board meetings.
  • Run for the school board.
  • Volunteer in your child’s classroom.
  • Read to your kids or volunteer to read to kids through San Antonio Youth Literacy or SA Reads.
  • Become an advocate for early education. 
  • Find resources and important milestones for children ages 0-8 at ReadyKidSA.com.

 

Updated December 2016

 
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