How assessment can help monitor
and improve early learning

It cannot be overstated: good data drives long-term, high-quality outcomes for children. When time and resources go to specific prevention and intervention efforts for early learners, students see benefits for years to come.

Just how impactful is this investment? Research evidence supports a concept called the Matthew Effect: Students who enter with weaknesses experience slower growth and gaps widen. Students who enter school on or above grade level typically continue to do well, boasting increased high school graduation rates, decreased likelihood of grade retention, fewer special education placements, and even a decline in criminal or delinquent behavior.

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