Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) Evaluation


This evaluation was funded yearly by the Michigan Department of Education. It was a mixed-design study created to evaluate the effectiveness of the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) program. The study used a statewide sample of intermediate school districts, local education agencies, preschool programs, and elementary schools. This evaluation study included longitudinal follow-up of state preschool graduates, as well as a new impact evaluation in Lansing-area schools, rural school districts (Huron, Tuscola, and Sanilac), and schools in the Kent Intermediate School District (ISD). At Kent ISD, HighScope explored the impact of GSRP on Spanish-English dual language learners, in addition to conducting classroom observations to better identify practices that lead to higher child outcomes.

The goal was 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 explored the use of regression discontinuity design (RDD), randomized controlled trials (RCT), and cost-benefit analysis methods as we examined 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

Project Staff

Jill Claxton

Research Associate and Research Assistant Coordinator

Beth Hardin

Research Coordinator

Fernando Andrade-Adaniya

Senior Research Scientist/Methodologist