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Research shows that participation in high-quality early education programs improves school readiness and contributes to better outcomes in school and beyond. A June 2017 report by the American Institutes for Research found that transitional kindergarten:
- Improves mathematics knowledge and problem-solving skills for students, giving them almost a threemonth advantage over children who did not attend TK.
- Improves students’ literacy skills, putting them nearly six months ahead of their peers who did not attend TK at kindergarten entry.
- Has a persisting impact on all students’ letter and word identification skills at the end of kindergarten.
- Has a strong impact on English learners. Those who attend TK outperform their non-TK peers on the English Language Development Test.
- Has a strong impact on math and literacy skills of low-income students, and math skills of Hispanic students.
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