At Wichita Falls Independent School District in Texas, we believe every student deserves to begin their academic career at the same starting line. It’s an issue of fairness and equity, certainly, but it’s also a practical matter. When students fall behind in the earliest years of their education, around ages 5–7, it becomes much more difficult to bring them to grade-level reading as they grow. Simply put, the biggest bang for our buck in developing strong students across grade levels comes from starting early and making sure they have a solid foundation.

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  • About the Author:

    Michael Kuhrt is the superintendent of schools at Wichita Falls (TX) Independent School District. He can be reached at mkuhrt@wfisd.net and follow him @Kuhrteous.