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ERIC Number: ED001167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1962-Oct
Pages: 44
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AN EARLY ADMISSIONS PROGRAM. A COMMITTEE REPORT ON SCHOOL PLANNING FOR ADOPTING AN EARLY ADMISSIONS POLICY IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF MINNESOTA.
BERGSTROM, HOWARD E.; AND OTHERS
IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDY THE PROBLEM INVOLVED IN EARLY ADMISSION AND ADOPT A LOCAL POLICY PERMITTING THE ADMISSION OF QUALIFIED PUPILS REGARDLESS OF PRESENT AGE REQUIREMENTS. THE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, AFTER AN INITIAL SCREENING OF APPLICANTS, ASSUMED THE COST OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING IN ALL CASES WHERE THE COST OF SUCH TESTING MIGHT DISCOURAGE PARENTS OF POTENTIALLY QUALIFIED CHILDREN. THE TREND WAS TO REQUIRE AN ADMISSION AGE OF 5 YEARS BY SEPTEMBER FOR KINDERGARTEN, AND 6 YEARS FOR FIRST GRADE. TOO FEW SCHOOLS WERE FOUND WHICH PROVIDED FOR THE EARLY ADMISSION OF CHILDREN WITH SUPERIOR INTELLECTUAL CAPACITIES. DISTRICTS HAVING SUCH A POLICY EXISTED MAINLY IN THE LARGER POPULATION AREAS WHERE PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES WERE READILY AVAILABLE AND WHERE LARGE CONCENTRATIONS OF CHILDREN OF THIS AGE AND ABILITY RESIDED. FIVE CRITERIA FOR POTENTIAL ADMITTEES WERE PROPOSED--CHRONOLOGICAL AGE, MENTAL AGE, PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT AND MUSCULAR COORDINATION, EMOTIONAL STABILITY, AND THE CHILD'S ATTITUDE TOWARD SCHOOL AND LEARNING. THE COMMITTEE CONCLUDED THAT THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT THAT EARLY ADMISSION TO THE SCHOOL PROGRAM IS BENEFICIAL TO THE MENTALLY ADVANCED STUDENT. A SURVEY OF ENTRANCE AGE REQUIREMENTS, SAMPLE LETTERS TO PARENTS, TEST FORMS, AND APPLICATION ENTRANCE FORMS ARE APPENDED.
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul.
Identifiers: MINNESOTA; Minnesota (Minneapolis)