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ERIC Number: ED167246
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
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Efficient Implementation Through Systematically Designed Selection Criteria (Transitional I Class).
Pisani, David N.
This document describes the design and implementation of a screening procedure for a first grade readiness class which was receiving inappropriate referrals. The class was intended to serve normal children between kindergarten and first grade who seemed to need an extra year of maturation. Because students who exhibited discipline, emotional and learning problems had been placed in the readiness class, students who might have benefited from the extra year of maturation were sent to regular first grades where they encountered much difficulty. To ensure more appropriate placement, new referral procedures and forms were developed. Psychologists' recommendations, teachers' opinions (concerning student readiness, maturity and anticipated gains from placement in the program) and scores on the Slosson Intelligence Quotient Test (SIQT) and the Meeting Street School Screening Test (MSSST) were used to select candidates for the program. Staff communication and continuity between kindergarten and the readiness class were improved. Eighteen of 26 referred students were selected for a redesigned readiness program which emphasized language and motor skills and a learning centers approach. A program validation effort utilized pre- and posttesting with the MSSST and pretesting with the SIQT. It was concluded that all referred students were assigned to the most appropriate classes and no monies were misdirected. Cost benefits of the screening program are indicated. Screening program materials and forms are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A