ERIC Number: ED201392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of the Early Admission to First Grade Program.
Hebbeler, Kathleen; And Others
This report presents findings from the first year of a pilot program permitting kindergarten age students to enter school at the first grade level (K-1 program for 5-year-olds). The purposes of the study were: (1) to compare the academic and social behavior of the early admissions (EA) students with that of the regular first graders; (2) to examine the validity of screening measures; and (3) to determine the satisfaction of parents, teachers, and principals with the services offered. It was found that the performance of EA students compared favorably with that of first grade students and that parents, teachers, and principals had a positive attitude towards the program. However, they tended to look on the program as an all day kindergarten rather than a first grade alternative and few students were promoted or accepted promotion to the second grade. In addition, it was not possible to identify with confidence screening measures predictive of success in the K-1 program. The pilot program is currently in its second year of operation. (Author/MP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Attitudes, Comparative Analysis, Early Admission, Elementary Education, Elementary Schools, Grade 1, Kindergarten Children, Measures (Individuals), Parent Attitudes, Program Evaluation, School Entrance Age, Screening Tests, Social Behavior, Student Promotion, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD. Dept. of Educational Accountability.