In 2015, after six years of application, and as part of a collaboration agreement with the Ministry of Education, an impact study was carried with the support of the Faculty of Economy of University of Chile.
This study considered 3,600 first-grade students and evaluated them through the CL-PT test (reading comprehension and text production). Students under the program of Primero LEE from Pedro Aguirre Cerda and Arica were compared to the results of similar schools without the program.
The study-group schools averaged 50%—same as private schools—, while the control group scored up to 38%. This gap is statistically significant and confirms the excellent results of a correct implementation of the program, and shows how profitable it is to invest at a young age with Primero LEE.
For Paula Cruzat (Executive Director, Fundacion Crecer con Todos), this accomplishment shows that “planning and executing a public policy focused on comprehensive reading is extremely effective. In our school system, children with the greatest failures are in the most vulnerable schools, so any policy directed there will benefit them.”