Research shows: preschool academic skills improve only when instruction is good to excellent

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Last year I made a report on the effects of early education and preschool and the evidence was nuanced with both regions that showed good effects or no effects. This new study shows that there is one important factor that just can’t be overlooked. It’s all about the quality of the teachers… again.

From the press release:

New research combining eight large child care studies reveals that preschools prepare children to succeed academically when teachers provide higher quality instruction.

Margaret Burchinal, senior scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Instituteat the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, led a research team whose findings have groundbreaking implications for publicly-funded early care and education. They found as the overall quality of instruction in preschool classrooms increases, children experience better outcomes across a range of skills, but the needle only moves on language and reading skills when instructional quality is at…

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