ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Early reports from a first-of-its kind study of Georgia’s pre-kindergarten program show largely positive news about the program.
Officials say the study was launched at the request of state lawmakers two years ago. At the time, there were dire predictions about the long-term viability of the lottery-funded pre-k and HOPE scholarship programs.
University of North Carolina researchers followed a random sample of pre-k students during the 2011-2012 school year. They used pre- and post-tests to measure how much the 4-year-olds learned and classroom observations and teacher surveys to assess classroom quality.
Kristin Bernhard, education policy adviser to Gov. Nathan Deal, said that by almost every measure — including language and mathematics — the researchers found that students who went through Georgia pre-k fared better than their national peers.