PRESCHOOL RESEARCH: Early Gains ‘Disappear’

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A new study shows the early gains made by preschoolers in the statewide voluntary preschool program disappear by third grade.

In 2007, the legislature adopted the preschool program.

Shortly afterward, the department of education commissioned a study to follow the first group of four-year-olds as they progressed.

It found when tested in third grade the students performed similarly to students that didn’t attend a preschool program.

The test only measured reading and math skills.

State officials say there were other gains the students made including socialization and persistence.

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