Document Number: 9629Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Peer Effects in Early Education - A working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that children's reading and math scores at the end of kindergarten are significantly associated with the proportion of peers in their class who participated in early education programs. Furthermore, third grade test scores have a similar relationship with early education enrollment, although to a lesser degree. The study suggests that increasing access to pre-k benefits not only those who enroll in the program but also their peers during the elementary school years. Specifically, the researchers estimate that peer effects increase the impact of pre-k on later test scores by as much as 25 percent. (National Bureau of Economic Research, August 2008)...
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