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SA Pre-K students exceed national norm in kindergarten readiness, study shows

November 14, 2017
Dawn Jorgenson

Pre-K 4 SA opened its doors in 2013 to 4-year-olds across San Antonio with a goal of delivering high-quality early childhood education to families who may not have access otherwise,” Pre-K 4 SA Board Chair Elaine Mendoza said. “The results indicate we are succeeding in a big way.”

Mendoza said Pre-K 4 SA prepares about 2,000 children for kindergarten each year, adding that it is on track to change the educational and workforce trajectory of San Antonio within one generation.

The study, which was conducted by Westat Inc., measured the effectiveness of the program using the Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment.

“Our teachers continue to perform well in classroom quality across all four Pre-K 4 SA education centers,” Pre-K 4 SA CEO Sarah Baray said. “Our children came into pre-kindergarten significantly below the normed sample in five out of six GOLD outcomes. By the end of the school year, our students closed the gaps and were more than prepared for kindergarten and beyond.”

Evaluation results showed Pre-K 4 SA teachers demonstrate instructional quality above the research threshold in all three domains — emotional support, classroom organization and instructional support — indicating that Pre-K 4 SA leads to higher outcomes for students.