ERIC Number: ED306309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
"Cognitive Skills Assessment Battery (CSAB)": Results from Fall, 1988, Administration. Basic Skills Assessment Program.
Dabney, Vana Meredith; And Others
The Cognitive Skills Assessment Battery (CSAB) is the readiness test administered to all first graders entering public school in South Carolina, mandated by the State Board of Education. It is an individually administered battery that is not timed, but requires about 25 to 30 minutes per child. Performance on the CSAB provides valuable information about the child at the time of testing and should be used for planning appropriate programs for each child. Scores should not be used for tracking or labeling children. While data can provide information about which subgroups may need additional developmental activities, they cannot provide information about any cause-and-effect relationships. CSAB test results are compared for the years 1979 through 1988. Of the 56,600 first graders tested in August and September 1988, 74.8% were classified as "ready" with a minimum score of 88 out of 117 possible points. This proportion is about the same as the preceding year. However, slight gains over the past year were made by the private/non-profit kindergarten group and the Head Start group. The percentage of South Carolina students judged to be "ready" for grade 1 rose 14.6 points between 1979 and 1988. Increased attention to kindergarten objectives by public and private programs for 5-year-olds, the rising number of students participating in pre-first grade educational programs, and the initiation of statewide programs for "at risk" 4-year-olds are seen as reasons for these gains. Five bar graphs present testing trend data. Appendix A presents three tables of student results; Appendix B contains two tables of readiness scores by school districts. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina