ERIC Number: ED394628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
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)
Descriptors: Attendance, Behavior Problems, Blacks, Disabilities, Educational Change, High Risk Students, Interpersonal Competence, Literacy, Outcomes of Education, Parents, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Socioeconomic Status, Surveys, Teacher Expectations of Students
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: 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