Pre-K Program Below Norms? So what, expand it!

In case you missed it, on Thursday, the Albuquerque Journal reported that New Mexico’s new pre-K program is “falling below national norms in rankings of classroom quality and literacy and math scores.” The full article is available here if you have a subscription.
Although the findings of this study are not conclusive, it definitely demands more study, especially since other studies have found mixed results from these programs as well. Not in New Mexico…Governor Richardson has instead proposed doubling pre-k spending next year. That seems to be the pattern in this state. Start a new program and before effectiveness or lack thereof can be studied, increase its size.