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ERIC Number: ED394628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Pages: 83
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Third Party Evaluation of the Kentucky Education Reform Act Preschool Programs.
Bridge, Connie; And Others
The 1994-1995 study of the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) Preschool Programs constitutes the fourth year of evaluation of the state-mandated preschool programs for at-risk 4-year-old children and 3- and 4-year-olds with disabilities. The report is divided into sections which discuss the methodology and the results (the bulk of the report) of the evaluation. Evaluation questions 1 and 2 focused on developmental skills, social skills, and early literacy skills for economically at-risk preschoolers, preschoolers with disabilities, African-American preschoolers, and comparison children. Evaluation Question 3 focused on teachers' ratings of academic performance and expectations for future success for kindergarten, first-, second-, and third-grade children. Evaluation Question 4 consisted of a parent survey. Among the major findings were the following: (1) the overall rate of development for economically at-risk KERA preschool participants was significantly higher than that of a comparison group of income eligible peers who did not participate in the KERA Preschool Program; (2) longitudinal research through the primary grades on the social skills, academic competence, and behavior adjustment of former KERA economically at-risk preschoolers indicates they consistently do as well as or better than same-age classmates; (3) positive gains were observed across all groups of children with disabilities; and (4) the parent survey reported high levels of satisfaction with the programs. (DR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Coll. of Human Environmental Sciences.; Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: African Americans; Kentucky; Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990