A recent study has shown that early gains made when children attend preschool tend to dissipate by the time they are in third grade.
A study by the Child and Family Policy Center in Des Moines, Iowa followed a group of preschoolers in a volunteer program. The study tested the students’ reading proficiency. When tested in third grade, they found that they had performed similarly to students who had not attended preschool.
Another aspect of the study showed that family income had little effect on reading proficiency. A part of the study broke down results based on children who participated in the free and reduced-price lunch program and compared them to those who did not
According to a report by the Des Moines Register, the Iowa Director of Education, Jason Glass, said that the department noted that “the department recognizes the need for deeper analysis” and that this report should be considered “initial feedback.”