King County, WA Kindergarten Readiness & Third Grade Successes

Independent Evaluation Highlights Kindergarten Readiness & Third Grade Successes
for PCHP Graduates in King County, WA


Since 2006, PCHP has grown from a pilot funded by the Business Partnership for Early Learning (BPEL) starting with 106 families to a United Way of King County sponsored initiative now reaching 1,200 families through nine community-based agency partners. An independent evaluation of PCHP conducted by ORS Impact annually has shown participant achievement of short-term outcomes, parent-child interaction and school readiness skills development, that are indicators of school readiness. A longitudinal study, released in February 2016, demonstrates significant long-term outcomes for PCHP graduates based on standardized Washington state assessments of kindergarten readiness, English language proficiency, and third grade academic performance. The analysis compares results for PCHP graduates in 2008 through 2013 with a comparison group matched on ethnicity, gender, income, residence in an English or non-English-speaking household, and year entered kindergarten.


The three key findings are:

1. Significantly more PCHP graduates (above the state average) were assessed as ready for kindergarten in all six domains measured by the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS).



2. Significantly more ELL PCHP graduates demonstrated a higher level of English proficiency in kindergarten (Level 3 or 4 on the Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA) Placement Test).



3. PCHP graduates scored significantly higher on third grade WA Reading and Math achievement tests. Significantly more PCHP graduates also met third grade standards in both areas, and performed above the state average in Math.



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