New Jersey Finds Preschool Increases Student Achievement Success

A new report shows universal early education in New Jersey, mandated preschool starting at age three, has lasting positive effects on student achievement. In 1998, New Jersey required state-wide early childhood education beginning at age three, impacting nearly 45,000 students today. The researchers of the National Institute for Early Education Research recently concluded a follow-up study of New Jersey preschool students, the Abbott Preschool Longitudinal Effects Study. The study found that student achievement increased in the sample preschool students in language arts and literacy, math, and science.