ERIC Number: ED252588
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Kindergarten Nonattenders: Starting out Behind.
Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
In 1983 first graders who had not attended Austin Independent School District (AISD) kindergarten were studied to identify the number and characteristics of kindergarten nonattenders. Data were collected during parent/teacher conferences and by telephone interviews. Of 4550 first graders, 83 (2 percent) were kindergarten nonattenders and 473 (10 percent) attended other kindergartens. The nonattenders came from low income families scattered throughout the district. Over half were in day care while the rest stayed home. There were more blacks and fewer Anglos proportionally among nonattenders than among first graders as a whole. Of the nonattenders who are in Chapter 1 schools, 70% are being served by the Chapter 1 Program for low achievers. First grade retention rates are 13 percent for nonattenders and 9 percent for students who attended AISD kindergarten. Kindergarten nonattenders are at high risk for failure. More effective recruiting could improve the chances for students who might otherwise not attend kindergarten. (BS)
Descriptors: Attendance Patterns, Educationally Disadvantaged, Grade 1, High Risk Students, Kindergarten, Low Income Groups, Primary Education, School Entrance Age, Student Characteristics
Office of Research and Evaluation, AISD, 6100 Guadalupe, Box 79, Austin, TX 78752 ($1.00 plus $1.00 postage).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.