Report: Wisconsin Preschool Programs Get High Marks

A national report on states' preschool programs gives Wisconsin high marks for access by four-year-olds. But, when it comes to quality, the state does much worse.

The National Institute for Early Education Research released Thursday ranks Wisconsin ninth in access among places with state-funded preschool programs.

But the state only met four of ten quality benchmarks. Institute director Steve Barnett says Wisconsin falls short on limiting class sizes and monitoring preschool programs, including site visits.

The Department of Public Instruction says the state lets local school boards control many of the quality issues raised in the report.