Every year since 2005, an independent evaluation team has found that SPARK children significantly outscore their non-participating peers in the same classrooms on Ohio’s assessment of kindergarten readiness.
That indicates that SPARK children are starting kindergarten
ready to learn. But SPARK also gives children an advantage well beyond
The independent evaluation team found that SPARK children
continue to outperform non-participating children on the third and fifth grade
state tests in math and language arts. They also found that SPARK children have
significantly fewer unexcused absences than their non-SPARK peers.
The facts are in: SPARK confers a significant advantage on children entering kindergarten, and that advantage stays with children as they progress through school.