Impact of High-Quality Pre-K

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Pre-K RocksIt is widely known that grade 3 is when accountability measures kick into high gear in Texas, as this is the first grade level in which the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) is administered. But, don’t forget that long before the test is administered in 3rd grade, the foundation for success is being built. Please do not discount the impact that high-quality early education makes on the future success of the student.

 There is much research supporting the outcomes of high-quality early childhood education, and this research base continues to grow. The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) recently published longitudinal study that shows the impact on students’ future educational success that can be made through attendance in a high-quality prekindergarten program.

 Some highlights from the study are:

  • Attendance in a high-quality Pre-K does make a difference
  • Children make gains in all tested subject areas on state assessments
  • Children have lower retention rates
  • Fewer children ultimately need special education
  • Greater gains are shown when children are provided with 2 years of Pre-K

 For more information, please click on the following link: NIEER: Abbott Preschool Study

Kelley Estes-Jones

Kelley Estes-Jones

I am Kelley Estes-Jones, an educator with a special interest in helping young children with and without disabilities, their families, and their educational teams build a solid foundation for future learning and overall success. With a strong foundation built upon developmentally appropriate practices, each child has the opportunity rise to a highly successful future within an inclusive environment. As a consultant on the Preschool Services Team at Region 10 Education Service Center, I am realizing my dream of keeping an eye on preschool and helping children, educators, and families build our future.

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