by James C. Sherlock
This is a follow-up to my Monday report on VPI+, a federally funded four-year pilot program to assess the value of the Virginia Preschool Initiative.
Today we will discuss what was not reported to the public. We will also assess the dreadful results of the pilot participants after those kids graduated and went on the kindergarten and first grade.
Clearly, SRI International (main report) and RAND (cost-benefit report) were directed not to disaggregate the results of the data they collected by division and school. Those, of course, are the levels that give parents enough information to evaluate the program.
What was revealed, at the very end of the main report, was that disadvantaged kids participating had made learning gains compared to their disadvantaged peers who did not attend, but
“like other state public preschool programs, by spring of first grade the differences were no longer statistically different.”
That heart-breaking outcome was left un-assessed.
The mandarins at VDOE (and perhaps the federal DOE) appear to believe that pre-school is too important for parents to get involved.
If given full information, some might challenge the program or decide it is not appropriate for their own children in their local school district.
Like the domestic terrorists some of them are considered in certain circles to be. Continue reading