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Report Shows Pre-k 4 SA Students Exceeding Averages

With an eye on the 2020 expiration date for the city sales tax funding of Pre-K 4 SA, program advocates delighted in its fourth annual report — the first to study all four of its centers at capacity — which found students are still developing significant gains in their year there.

“It just consistently shows that Pre-K 4 SA is working, and that’s exciting,” said Sarah Baray, CEO of the program. “If you look around, everything shows it should be, but without data you can’t verify that claim.”

Westat, the independent entity hired to conduct the yearly reviews, found that while Pre-K 4 SA students came into the program’s 2016-2017 school year with below-average scores on five out of six measurements compared to a national sample, they exceeded that norm by springtime in cognitive, literacy and mathematics measurements, and were up to par in oral language, physical and social emotional skills. The gap had been closed.