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Tulsa’s Pre-K Students Show Positive Academic Outcomes Through Middle School

A new report released by Georgetown University shows that students in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who attended a high-quality pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program displayed positive academic effects that persisted through middle school. Specifically, the group of students who had attended pre-K showed higher math test scores, more enrollment in honors courses, and less grade retention.

The study detailed in “The Effects of Tulsa’s Pre-K Program on Middle School Student Performance” is the first of its kind to evaluate the effects of a universal, public pre-K program on middle school outcomes. The study was supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation, the Foundation for Child Development, and the Stranahan Foundation.

As UC Berkeley professor and Learning Policy Institute Fellow David Kirp points out in a New York Times opinion piece, Oklahoma is “a ripe test case state” for studies like this one because it has offered universal access to state pre-K programs for over two decades. It has also been the subject of numerous studies over the past decade.

I invite you to read the full report here.