What does the fusion of academic and social development look like in kindergarten?

HECHINGERREPORT | When states across the nation recently turned in accountability plans required under the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), they showed great variety in their plans for early learning.

With much of the funding going directly to school districts, state and district partnerships will be crucial to ensuring that these plans address the real-life issues that school districts throughout the country are facing.

As districts partner with states to implement components of ESSA, districts that feel caught between academic rigor and developmentally appropriate practices can leverage the whole-child focus of ESSA to marry these concepts and more effectively prepare children to be successful in school and beyond.