ERIC Number: ED146274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Early Identification of Educationally High Risk and High Potential Children from Kindergarten through First Grade.
Sbordone, Melinda W.
This dissertation examined characteristics of educationally high risk and high potential children from kindergarten through first grade. It was designed to determine prospectively the validity of behaviorally based instruments administered during kindergarten for predicting pupils' first grade achievement. Subjects, 94 boys and 91 girls, were selected randomly from all kindergarten classrooms of five public elementary schools in a major urban city. Pupils and schools represented a broad spectrum of socioeconomic levels, language, and ethnic backgrounds. Data were analyzed to determine high risk, non risk or high potential achievement of subjects when in first grade, and to determine the accuracy of kindergarten assessment techniques for predicting these achievement outcomes. Differences among risk groups were also analyzed by sex, ethnicity, language background, school attended, and related socio-economic level. Overall, results indicated that: (1) children's behavioral adaptability and academic aptitude relative to program demands are important variables for prediction of school risk, (2) use of non verbal learning tasks may facilitate identification of capable pupils outside the mainstream culture, and (3) predictive accuracy is increased when the interaction between child characteristics and task and setting is considered. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Academic Achievement, Ethnicity, Grade 1, High Risk Students, Kindergarten Children, Prediction, Primary Education, Public Schools, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Background, Student Characteristics, Urban Areas
University Microfilms, Dissertation Copies, P.O. Box 1764, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 (Order No. 76-16,664)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: For a related document see ED 035 700