The Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council (PPLC), led by the San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools, the County Board of Supervisors and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, has adopted the overall goal of increasing countywide reading proficiency of third grade students from 58% to 80% by 2020.
The overall strategy is to pursue a "Big Lift" on educational outcomes by collaborating to make big system and policy changes. These policy changes are primarily two-fold:
Provide two years of quality preschool for underserved children ages three and four.
Make full-day kindergarten standard in the county
Sustaining progress and improving educational outcomes for the Big Lift will be made through:
- School Readiness: a goal of increasing children ready for kindergarten from 50% to 80%
- Attendance Matters: a goal of reducing the incidence of chronic absenteeism by 50%
- Inspiring Summers: a goal of 80% of kids who are reading below grade level attending a quality summer enrichment program
- Family and Community Engagement: a goal of strengthening approaches and strategies to ensure greater family engagement
For more information about The Big Lift, please visit their website: www.thebiglift.org.