ERIC Number: ED248042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of Early Entrance to Kindergarten [and] Handwriting and Reading Comprehension: Three Studies.
Hilderbrand, John A.; And Others
Florida Educational Research and Development Council Research Bulletin, v16 n4 Spr 1983
The first part of this document presents the results of a survey of early entrance testing procedures in 25 Florida districts and details teacher ratings of 486 first-grade and 154 kindergarten students whose entrance test results had permitted them to enter kindergarten a year earlier than other students with birthdays between October and January. Results suggested that Florida's early entrance program be discontinued because of average performance by early entrants, district testing costs, and possible negative effects on the 90 percent of children who failed the exam. The second part of the document, edited by Carolyn V. Spillman, presents three studies in which reading rate and comprehension of fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh graders were assessed for materials presented in cursive or manuscript style. Results of these three studies indicated that fourth and fifth graders comprehend materials presented in manuscript style better than those presented in cursive style; no significant differences were found in sixth and seventh graders' reading scores for the two styles of writing. However, there were indications that children with reading difficulties would probably achieve proficiency in reading cursive at a slower pace than children who read on or above grade level. Several recommendations are given for instructional practice for both elementary and middle school teachers. (CB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Costs, Cursive Writing, Early Admission, Elementary Education, Grade 1, Grade 6, Grade 7, Handwriting, Individual Testing, Kindergarten, Manuscript Writing (Handlettering), Reading Comprehension, Reading Rate, School Entrance Age, School Readiness, Student Adjustment
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, FL.; Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.
Authoring Institution: Florida Educational Research and Development Council, Inc., Sanibel.