THIRD GRADE FOLLOW-UP TO THE HEAD START IMPACT STUDY, FINAL REPORT, OPRE (Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Administration for Children and Families U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), Report 2012-45
This HHS report has been misinterpreted to have documented that by third grade the benefit of having attended a Head Start program is negligible.
That selectively ignores that this report is only about 3 or 4 year olds in and out of Head Start programs through 3rd grade only. Other studies, quite a few listed in the report (skip to the Executive Summary’s Final Thoughts), suggest that there is significant longer term benefit to having attended a Head Start program as a child.
You can get some really interesting results by editing based on one’s ideological biases!!!