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City plans to spend $2M to study pre-K program


September 3, 2014
Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Eliza Shapiro
Capital

The de Blasio administration is in the process of hiring an independent research firm at a cost of about $2 million to conduct two studies on the implementation and results of its signature pre-kindergarten plan, Capital has learned. The study looking at the programs’ implementation will use a random sample of 200 pre-K sites around the city. Education officials also told Capital that the firm will use two national standards for early childhood evaluation, the CLASS system and theEnvironment Rating Scale, for its data collection on pre-K quality. The firm will conduct interviews and convene focus groups with pre-K employees; review attendance and demographic data; and eventually compare performance for pre-K and non-pre-K students for the first two years of the expanded program.