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Wisconsin State Journal puts spotlight on Madison Education Partnership's 4k study

October 13, 2017
The Wisconsin State Journal recently featured a report from the Madison Education Partnership that examines the Madison Metropolitan School District's 4-year-old-kindergarten program enrollment, and how the 4k program helps the district move toward equity. 

The Madison Education Partnership is a joint research project between the UW-Madison School of Education's Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the MMSD.

The report states the 4k program is enrolling higher ‚Äčnumbers of minority and low-income students, which helps the district serve "the students who we know are most in need of support at the earlier ages," said the research partnership's co-director Beth Vaade.

4k programs, while helping students make the transition between school and home, also help students build social, emotional and early academic skills, reports the Wisconsin State Journal. In the Madison school district, 4k is three-hour, play-based morning or afternoon sessions, split among 24 school sites and 29 community-based locations. 

The 4k study analyzed the program's enrollment by race, year, income, disability and English language proficiency. Enrollment showed 43 percent white students, 16 percent black students, 22 percent Latino/a students, 10 percent Asian students, and 10 percent of students identifying as "other," as well as 45 percent low-income, 37 percent English language learners and 7 percent disabled. 

"That shows they're doing a good job of reaching out to kids from diverse backgrounds," said Eric Grodksy, UW-Madison associate professor of sociology and educational policy studies, and co-director of the research partnership.

Read the full State Journal article: "Madison School District's 4K program boosting opportunity for minority, low-income youngsters."
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