Denver, CO 80203
NewsPosted on: 08/22/2013
APA Analyzes Denver Preschool Program Effectiveness
APA's research and analysis of the effectiveness of the Denver Preschool Program (DPP) has been published in a report analyzing the reading progress of DPP enrollees over time. APA has been the lead evaluator of DPP since its inception five years ago; this year marks the first time that a sizable number of DPP students participated in Colorado's standardized testing system (TCAP). APA conducted analyses of third grade reading results, comparing students who had participated in DPP with those that did not (who may or may not have participated in non-DPP preschool). The analysis found that 64% of DPP students scored proficient or advanced on the state reading test, compared with 58% of their peers who did not participate in DPP. Children who qualified for free and reduced lunch and participated in DPP were over 9% more likely to score proficient or advanced than their non-DPP peers. To read the full report, please visit the DPP website. The results were also cited in a recent Denver Post article.
"We hired APA to conduct a county-wide analysis to identify new ways for our school districts to work together and improve performance. We also wanted to know how our district resource usage compared with others in our state. APA did an excellent job of gathering information and ideas from our superintendents and other community leaders to provide clear answers to these questions. The firm was easy to work with and provided the independent, impartial, experienced analysis we needed to help move forward our county's education systems."
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