(A)(1) The State's ambitious early learning and development reform agenda and goals
The extent to which the State clearly articulates an ambitious yet achievable early learning and development reform agenda and goals for improving program quality and child outcomes statewide, and for closing the achievement gap for High-Need Children; establishes a clear and credible path to achieving these goals (by presenting evidence on its past performance and commitment); and the extent to which the State's early learning reform agenda and goals are consistent with the State Plan.
Performance Measures: States must establish baseline numbers, annual targets, and final goals for the following:
- Increasing the number and percentage of High-Need Children participating in high-quality Early Learning and Development Programs (disaggregated by race, gender, disability status, and English learner status, and by each age group of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers); and
- Improving performance of High-Need Children on the State's kindergarten entry measure (disaggregated by race, gender, disability status, and English learner status).