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Thursday, 8th February 2007

Putting Arizona Education Reform to the Test: School Choice and Early Education Expansion

Putting Arizona Education Reform to the Test: School Choice and Early Education Expansion
Source: Goldwater Institute

The data show that students in schools with all-day kindergarten programs have statistically significant higher 3rd-grade test scores, but there is no impact on 5th-grade scores. This finding is consistent with previous research. Schools facing significant competition for students, whether through public or private options, demonstrate significant test score gains.

The findings of this empirical analysis demonstrate that early childhood education expansion is an expensive reform that delivers only transitory benefits. School choice uses resources more efficiently and delivers improved academic achievement.

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