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Vanessa Fry

By: Brady W Moore   Published 3:39 pm / October 17, 2017

Portrait of Vanessa Fry

Vanessa Fry

Assistant Director
Idaho Policy Institute
School of Public Service

Vanessa Fry presented the results of the institute’s evaluation of a free pre-kindergarten program at a press event at the Whitney Community Center. The program provides free, high-quality, preschool education for 3-5 year olds at Whitney and Hawthorne elementary schools, both located in Boise’s Vista neighborhood.

The evaluation, authored by Fry, Sally Sargeant-Hu, IPI research associate and Lance McGinnis-Brown, IPI graduate research assistant, found that students who attended Vista Pre-K were more likely to achieve benchmark scores on the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) than their peers who didn’t attend the program. In fall 2016, 86 percent of Vista Pre-K students attending kindergarten at Witney and Hawthorne achieved benchmark or higher on the IRI while only 53 percent of their peers achieved benchmark. Across the entire Boise School District, 64 percent of kindergartners achieved benchmark on the fall 2016 IRI.

Read the full Boise Pre-K program evaluation report online.