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A Plan for Evaluating the District of Columbia's Public Schools: From Impressions to Evidence

March 4, 2011

Suggests a framework for evaluating the impact of a 2007 law instituting mayoral control of schools and other reforms on structures and roles, strategies, conditions for student learning, and outcomes. Calls for annual reporting and in-depth studies.

The Pre-K Pinch: Early Education and the Middle Class

November 12, 2008

Reviews evidence on the benefits of pre-K programs and the difficulties families that do not qualify for state programs face in paying for early education. Calls for high-quality, voluntary, state-funded programs for all. Includes state-level analyses.

Pre-K: A Call for More Federal Involvement?

June 17, 2008

Presents selected results from a survey of registered voters' views on the benefits of early childhood education and of increased federal funding for pre-K programs, including a new grant to help states raise program quality and accessibility.

Leadership Matters: Governors' Pre-K Proposals, Fiscal Year 2009

April 24, 2008

Through an annual review of governors' budget proposals and state of the state addresses, rates governors' commitments to early education, from "heroes" to "all talk and no action." Summarizes all state and District of Columbia pre-K budget changes.

A Diverse System Delivers for Pre-K: Lessons Learned in New York State

July 1, 2006

Today, policymakers with an interest in school success no longer debate why states should provide pre-kindergarten; that case has been made successfully to voters, educators, and researchers. Instead, policymakers now wrestle with how to get the job done. Increasingly, they turn to what those in the pre-k field call 'diverse' or 'mixed' delivery, which uses both community-based and school sites to provide pre-k services. This report examines the experience of one state - New York - using a diverse system to deliver pre-k services and provides lessons for other states as they build and expand their pre-k programs.