ERIC Number: ED030495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Preventive Summer Program for Kindergarten Children Likely to Fail in First Grade Reading. Final Report.
In an attempt to lessen academic failure during the early years of schooling, 23 middle class kindergarten children who scored low on tests of cognitive development were given a special 6-week summer enrichment program. A control group of 23 low scorers received no enrichment program. Parents of the experimental subjects were invited to visit the 2-hour sessions to observe the program and were subsequently given advice on how they could help their children at home. Prior to the summer program, the experimental group's mean score on the Metropolitan Readiness Test (Form R) was 54.2; for the control group, it was 58.8; and for the district kindergarten population, it was 77.5. After the program, in August 1967, the experimental group had raised its score to 73. In September 1967, the experimental group scored 53.1 on Form A, and the control group scored 45.3. This difference was not significant. In May 1968, all first graders were administered the Stanford Achievement Test of Reading. The experimental children scored 30; the control children, 25; and the overall first grade population, 44. These differences were significant. It seemed that the Metropolitan Readiness Test successfully predicted which children would be low reading achievers, and it appeared that the summer program did aid the experimental children. (WD)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: La Canada Unified School District, CA.
Identifiers: Bender Gestalt Test; Metropolitan Readiness Tests; Stanford Achievement Tests