Monthly Archives: February 2013

Steve Barnett’s take on what the facts show about pre-K

Steve Barnett, Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, has written a very useful brief report about what research shows about pre-K programs. This report, which is 15 pages long, is entitled “Getting the Facts Right on Pre-K … Continue reading

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Link to post on Charles Murray’s analysis of large-scale pre-K

As far as I can tell, my post yesterday was not emailed to subscribers. I am not sure if this is a glitch in the wordpress.com software or servers, or is due to the length of yesterday’s post. So I … Continue reading

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An analysis of Charles Murray’s critique of Obama’s proposal for expanded pre-K

In response to a reader request, I am taking a closer look at a recent article by Charles Murray, entitled “The Shaky Science Behind Obama’s Universal Pre-K”. The article was published on February 20, 2013 by Bloomberg News. Charles Murray … Continue reading

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What do we know about Head Start’s effectiveness?

An ongoing policy dispute is about how effective Head Start is as a preschool program. Head Start has other goals, for example improving public health. However, an important issue is how Head Start’s effects on kindergarten readiness, K-12 test scores, … Continue reading

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Fact-checking FactCheck on preschool

FactCheck’s recent column criticizing President Obama’s claims about his preschool program gave a misleading description of the overall research evidence on preschool. FactCheck describes itself as “a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania”, and … Continue reading

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NPR’s spin on universal preschool is unduly negative

NPR’s Morning Edition on February 18, 2013 had an interview by NPR host Linda Wertheimer with NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam that gave an unduly negative spin to what research shows about the effectiveness of universal preschool. The program began … Continue reading

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Research supports the effectiveness of many state and local pre-K programs

In the debate over President Obama’s pre-K proposal, one important issue is whether pre-K programs can work on a large-scale, not just in small “hothouse” programs run by researchers.  A closely-related issue is whether pre-K works for middle-class children, or … Continue reading

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We have experience and research on scaling up quality pre-K

President Obama’s proposal for federal support for moving to universal pre-K for 4-year-olds will no doubt be fleshed out in the near future. As always, the devil is in the details. However, I want to respond to one idea that … Continue reading

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Michigan Governor Snyder’s proposal for expanded preschool

On February 7, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder released his state budget proposal, which included a significant proposed expansion of state-funded preschool. This preschool proposal recommends expanding the state’s preschool funding from $109 million in fiscal year 2013, to $174 million … Continue reading

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