- On average, economically disadvantaged students who attended Pre-K in 2010, scored 78 points higher on the 2015 state reading test in 3rd grade compared to economically disadvantaged students who did not attend public Pre-K or who attended lower quality public Pre-K.
- Texas has improved the percentage of the economically disadvantaged students across the state reading at a college – ready pace by 1% from 2012 to 2015. The Meadows Foundation and CHILDREN AT RISK study projects that the 1% number would have increased to 16% if all economically disadvantaged students had attended Pre-K and scored 78 points higher.
Funded by The Meadows Foundation and the Miles Foundation, the report has been distributed to policymakers, school districts, and early education stakeholders as the Texas legislature considers how to fund Pre-K during the current legislative session.
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CHILDREN AT RISK is a non-profit organization leading the way to improving the quality of life for Texas' children through research, collaboration, and advocacy. CHILDREN AT RISK educates the community and public officials based on its groundbreaking research which tracks children's health, safety, education, and economic conditions. By understanding children's needs and speaking out on their behalf, CHILDREN AT RISK drives change. For more information, visit www.childrenatrisk.org, Facebook and Twitter.
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