Published Online: April 19, 2016
Published in Print: April 20, 2016, as Preschool

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"How Much Can High-Quality Universal Pre-K Reduce Achievement Gaps?"

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An analysis of reading and mathematics scores in two of the country's highest-performing public preschool programs—those in Tulsa and Boston—concludes that high-quality universal preschool could help children of all backgrounds enter kindergarten on an even playing field.

The study, commissioned by the Center for American Progress, a policy think tank, and conducted by the National Institutes for Early Education Research, determined that universal high-quality preschool could reduce the achievement gap at kindergarten entry in math by 78 percent for Hispanic students and 45 percent for African-American students. The gap in reading would be virtually eliminated for both groups, the analysis found.

Students from low-income families would also close the gap with higher-income families by 27 percent in math and 41 percent in reading.

Vol. 35, Issue 28, Page 5

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