ERIC Number: ED303468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Dec-11
Reference Count: N/A
The Cognitive Skills Assessment Battery Administered to First Grade and Kindergarten Pupils, Fall 1987. Annual Report No. 87-28.
Siskind, Theresa G.
Results from the fall 1987 administration of the Cognitive Skills Assessment Battery (CSAB) to 3,203 kindergarten and 4,415 first-grade students within the Charleston County (South Carolina) School District are presented. The CSAB is an individually administered readiness test that comprises a hybrid of aptitude tests, diagnostic tests, and achievement tests. The CSAB measures readiness for first grade prior to movement to that level, assesses 12 of 18 statewide kindergarten objectives as part of the Basic Skills Assessment Program, provides detailed instructional information about each student's performance on each objective tested, and measures some previous learning. The CSAB requires 20-30 minutes for administration to each child. It is not a paper-and-pencil test; rather, it is composed of orally-administered items to which the child usually responds by pointing to pictures, manipulating objects, and answering questions orally. This report presents: (1) district-wide results for both grade levels; (2) comparisons of district results with state results for first graders; (3) breakdowns of the district's first-grade results by demographic characteristics of the students (including gender, ethnicity, handicapped status, repeater status, income, and kindergarten experience); (4) historical results for district first graders for 1985, 1986, and 1987; and (5) percentages of district first grade and kindergarten students scoring ready, borderline, and not ready on each CSAB objective for 1985, 1986, and 1987. District CSAB data demonstrate an increase in readiness levels among entering first graders; although, readiness scores between 1985 and 1987 have remained relatively constant for the district and state. The greatest relative increases from kindergarten to grade 1 appeared for ordering and fine motor skills; however, objectives analysis for these two grades show a leveling effect. (TJH)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Charleston County School District, SC. Office of Evaluation and Research.