ERIC Number: ED307979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Successful Public School Prekindergarten Program.
Christner, Catherine A.
This paper describes the effectiveness of the Austin Independent School District's public school prekindergarten program during a 3-year period. In 1985-86, the program consisted of full-day classes serving low-achieving and limited-English-proficient (LEP) students in Chapter 1 schools. In 1986-87, the district implemented half-day classes in accordance with a state mandate, and served all low-income and LEP students in the district. In 1987-88, the district doubled the number of teachers, put full-day classes in Chapter 1 schools and half-day classes elsewhere; and began to serve low-income and LEP students as close to their attendance area as possible. In each of the three years, the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-Revised was given to all students or to a random sample of students. In 1987-88, the Test de Vocabulario en Imagenes Peabody was given to Hispanic LEP students who were Spanish monolingual. Summarized in the report are: (1) achievement results for similar students in full-day versus half-day programs; (2) achievement results for low-income and limited-English-proficient students; (3) comparisons of 1-year gains during the period; and (4) differences in attendance for the groups. Results indicated that over the 3 years the program was successful despite massive changes. Areas for improvement are indicated. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Texas (Austin)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1