Study: Smart Start boosts third grade test scores

Posted March 16, 2011 8:30 p.m. EDT
Updated March 16, 2011 8:34 p.m. EDT

— Preliminary findings in a research study at Duke University released Wednesday suggest that Smart Start and More at Four educational programs contributed to higher standardized test scores for third graders, according to a Smart Start spokeswoman.

The study found that third graders performed better on standardized reading and math tests and had lower special education placements in counties that received more Smart Start and More at Four funding. Study findings were consistent among families with low and high maternal education levels, Smart Start spokeswoman Tracy Zimmerman said in a news release.

Smart Start and More at Four are state-funded education initiatives that seek to provide high-quality early education programs that promote children's development and prepare them for continued success.