ERIC Number: ED313109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Developmental Kindergarten Program Evaluation Report.
Blois, George T.; Cushing, Katherine S.
The evaluation of the Developmental Kindergarten (DK) Program at the Harrison School District #2, Colorado Springs, Colorado, involved pre- and post-testing of student academic gains and interviewing of principals and teachers. The program aimed to provide developmentally appropriate activities for students believed to be "at risk" of failure in a regular kindergarten program. A total of 36 students participated. Testing indicated that participants made gains on all three student measures employed. Principals believed that the DK program: (1) differed from the regular program; (2) had certain advantages; (3) had a positive impact in their buildings; and (4) helped students avoid learning and behavior problems while promoting their academic and social growth. Principals recognized the difficulties of starting such a program and indicated the lack of a guiding district philosophy. Teachers: (1) found differences and similarities among DK programs in different buildings; (2) believed that the DK program delivered many positive outcomes for students; (3) identified major concerns with the program; (4) differed in their expectations for the program's coming year; and (5) perceived the DK program as a means of developing alternative instructional strategies and sorting low-end students. Program emphases and comprehensive, exact specifications of standards for each area of emphasis are listed in appendices, which make up the bulk of the document. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harrison School District No. 2, Colorado Springs, CO.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado (Colorado Springs)