Early Start with Four-Year-Olds Resulted in Greatest Growth
Published: February 19, 2015
Students who started GrapeSEED at an earlier age outperformed their peers. The 2013-2014 research results with the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) preschool students showed that four-year-old students outperformed their older counterparts.
In the second year of the study, the researchers followed the students as they moved into kindergarten.
The students were divided into four groups based on whether they had GrapeSEED in preschool or in kindergarten (or none). The testing measurement used in this case was the DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment). The solid line at the bottom represents the control group, meaning they had no GrapeSEED. These students had the lowest gains. All three other groups were given GrapeSEED.
There were two key findings. Four-year-olds showed the most significant growth in learning. Secondly, those who had the most GrapeSEED clearly outperformed their peers. The “dose effect” is evident in the graph.
And here is something worth noting: the very highest performers shown here (the solid red line) were in fact the students who were judged to be at risk. These at-risk students, the ones who had GrapeSEED for two full years, actually outperformed their peers who were not considered to be at risk!