Evaluating the Effectiveness of Tennessee's Voluntary Pre-K Program


  • Findings through first grade released. We released a technical report describing effects from the RCT component of the study on children’s longitudinal outcomes through first grade.  This report can be found on our website (click here for the direct link).
  • Classroom observations complete in all four regions. We completed classroom observations related to the RDD component of the study in winter, 2012-13, and are currently preparing those data for analyses.  We plan to release a technical report describing our findings in the near future.
  • Assessments in Region 4 completed. Direct assessments of children in Region 4 of the study’s RDD component (the East region of the state) were completed in the fall of 2013.  However, an important piece of the RDD study is that we track children into their Kindergarten year to make sure that they go into public kindergarten classrooms, which is part of the eligibility criteria for involvement in the RDD study.  Cohort 2 children entered kindergarten this past fall, and all tracking data are now complete, as well.  We are currently writing a technical report on these analyses which we hope to release soon.
  • RCT Assessments completed. Direct assessments of children in the RCT sample across the state (most of whom will enter 4th or 5th grade this coming fall) were completed last spring, and we are preparing a new technical report to include the effects of participation in TN-VPK on directly-assessed and teacher-rated outcomes through 3rd grade.  We intend to release this report by mid September of this year.
  • RCT Full Sample. We are continuing to collect information from the state database on the full randomized sample of students.  These data include attendance, grade retention, disciplinary action, special education placement, ELL designation, and state standardized tests (taken in the 3rd grade and beyond).  We will complete the collection of this data for the 3rd grade year this fall and will compile a technical report that describes the effects of TN-VPK participation on state-collected outcomes through 3rd grade once those data become available from the state.
  • Plans for the Follow-Up. We have completed the process of constructing the sample of 766 students that will be directly interviewed annually as part of our follow-up study through 7th grade, some of whom were part of the original consented sample and others who have been tracked through the state database as part of the larger randomized study but were newly consented for the follow-up sample.  A brief summary of plans for the follow-up can be seen by clicking here.
  • Information Updated 7/14/15

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The five-year, $6 million study is funded by grant #R305E090009 from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Science.

The new five-year, $4 million study to follow a portion of the original sample is funded by grant #R01HD079461-01 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's National Institutes of Health.