The real study on all day kindergarten
The Toronto Star reports, "Champions of full-day kindergarten across Canada are elated at new research that suggests children who have been in Ontario’s new full-day program for two years are dramatically better prepared — two to four times more — than others in their ability to reason and communicate, get along with others and in general knowledge."
Of course, what they don't have is long term data, and that is where it will all fall apart for this $1.5 billion a year expenditure. All that really matters, in terms of education, is whether Johnny and Janie are prepared to go forth in the world after Grade 12. Long term, multi-generational information gathered in the American Head Start program shows that, "In the final phase of a large-scale randomized, controlled study of nearly 5,000 children, researchers found that the positive impacts on literacy and language development demonstrated by children who entered Head Start at age 4 had dissipated by the end of 3rd grade, and that they were, on average, academically indistinguishable from their peers who had not participated in Head Start."
Taking the Ontario government's word for it that they are doing a good job on something - this the government of eHealth, ORNGE, power plants, deleted emails, etc. - and ignoring a more extensive rport to the contrary is not reporting, it is boosterism.