Michigan’s GSRP Evaluation

The GSRP evaluation is a mixed-design project with a statewide sample of intermediate school districts, local education agencies, preschool programs, and elementary schools. HighScope has been the evaluator on this project since 1995. Our current work includes longitudinal follow-up of state preschool graduates, as well as an impact evaluation in urban and rural school districts. We are also exploring the impact of GSRP on Spanish-English dual language learners in school districts with a high percentage of Spanish-speaking English language learners.

As we partner with the Office of Great Start at the Michigan Department of Education, we continue to investigate innovative research methods in our evaluation work, in addition to examining pertinent topics affecting at-risk children. Our goal is to better understand the impact of GSRP on children at risk, as well as to inform continuous program improvements to enhance these children’s opportunities for success in school and in life.  We have and will continue to explore the use of Regression Discontinuity Design (RDD), Randomized Control Trials (RCT), and Cost-Benefit Analysis methods as we examine topics such as impact of the recent GSRP expansion and GSRP children’s summer loss prior to kindergarten entry.

For additional information, please visit the links below, including the GSRP website.

  1. High Quality State-Wide School is Possible — Just Look to Michigan
  2. Michigan's Great Start Readiness Program: New Evidence of Impact
  3. GSRP 2012 Report
  4. Summary of GSRP
  5. 6 to 8 Follow-Up Study
  6. State preschool results from NIEER Report and the updated analysis
  7. Effects Five Years Later