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Improving Early Education Programs through Data-based Decision Making


February 1, 2011
AssessmentQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

This NIEER working paper presents five options for studying the effectiveness of state-funded preschool education programs.

Improving Early Education Programs through Data-based Decision Making

By Shannon Riley-Ayers, Ellen Frede, W. Steven Barnett, and Kimberly Brenneman (2011)

While state-funded preschool programs have been growing, reliable guidance on how best to study program effectiveness remains limited. This working paper from NIEER presents five options for studying program effectiveness, summarizing each option in chart form and providing estimated costs for each evaluation.

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