In 2006, the Fort Bend P-16 Regional Council was founded with the purpose and mission of creating a college-going culture so that more Fort Bend County students attend and complete college. P-16 stands for Pre-school through grade 16, or the fourth year of college. The P-16 Council is made up of leaders from non-profit organizations, school districts, colleges/universities, faith- based organizations, businesses, and government entities who are committed to spur positive change and lead educational policies that promote lifelong success via independence and self – sufficiency. The P-16 Region includes Fort Bend ISD, Lamar CISD, Needville ISD, and Stafford MSD.
The Fort Bend P-16 Regional Council works in collaboration with All Kids Alliance, a resource available to P-16 Councils, hosted by the University of Houston that is part of a national initiative. The P-16 Council and the Alliance purpose / mission is to provide all students a smooth and seamless transition from cradle to college/career. Using data-driven decisions to set and achieve measurable goals, The Alliance works with P-16 Councils to target specific issues for that region that may be impeding students’ progress.
After reviewing its local school-districts data and determining that 5th grade mathematics is a major challenge point for many students, the Fort Bend P-16 Regional Council created a 5th Grade Mathematics Collaborative with its four school districts including mathematics teachers, curriculum supervisors, and community leaders.
Dr. Bob Wimpelberg, Executive Director of All Kids Alliance and former Dean of the University of Houston College of Education, explains, “This Collaborative will follow a process to identify successful initiatives that have been working locally and could be scaled to other schools in the region.” This Collaborative will move forward in the coming year with an initiative that will be scalable, measurable, and sustainable for the future.