School Readiness Data
Data-driven decision making is one of VECF’s core principles, guiding all strategies and investments. Statewide and community level data and metrics are essential tools for informing both need and efficacy of investments in early childhood. As part of our role as partner to the state’s early childhood efforts, VECF tracks and reports statewide and local progress on key school readiness indicators on a biennial basis through the release of Virginia’s School Readiness Report Card and through the School Readiness Interactive Map Tool which is updated regularly.
The 2016 School Readiness Report Card examines the effectiveness of the state’s system in supporting the school readiness of young children. In recognition of the Commonwealth’s ten-year investment in Smart Beginnings (2006-2016), this edition provides an analysis of trends in key indicators of risk and school performance in Virginia over the past decade.
The good news is that in most aspects children in Virginia are faring better now than they were 10 years ago. However, a deeper look at the data reveals disparities by economic status and race/ethnicity that persist even in the face of large statewide improvements overall.