ERIC Number: ED329352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Report on the Kindergarten Testing Program: The Effectiveness and Feasibility of a Kindergarten Testing Program Developed by a Pilot Project. A Report to the California Legislature as Required by Education Code Section 49583.
Scheffelin, Margaret; Ballard, Tara
This legislative report presents the results of a pilot project conducted in eight suburban California school districts as part of an effort to develop a testing program identifying kindergartners with potential reading problems. The project was also intended to evaluate the program's effectiveness and gauge the feasibility of statewide implementation in light of the criteria of effectiveness, statewide utility, and cost. Five major findings indicated that: (1) a small number of kindergartners with potential reading problems was identified by teacher judgment instrument and screening tests; (2) the program was partially effective in correctly identifying kindergarten children with potential reading problems; (3) no single indicator of potential reading problems met the criterion of 75 percent correct identifications, regardless of the posttest measure used; (4) among single indicators, the kindergarten teacher judgment indicator, with the standardized test of reading achievement used as the posttest measure, came closest to meeting the criterion of 75 percent correct identifications; and (5) when the cutoff point on a commercial screening instrument was raised, the percentage of correct identifications decreased. It was concluded that the program was not effective, not advisable for statewide testing, and prohibitively expensive. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Office of Program Evaluation and Research.