ERIC Number: ED348141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-27
Reference Count: N/A
Reactions to the Goal 1 Technical Planning Subgroup Report on School Readiness. Report to the National Education Goals Panel.
Prince, Cynthia D.
The Goal 1 Technical Planning Subgroup proposed an early childhood assessment system that involved assessment of children before they entered kindergarten, at the time of entrance into kindergarten, and during the kindergarten year. The report that contained the proposal, and requests for feedback, were disseminated to nearly 1,000 individuals and more than 80 organizations interested in early childhood education. A total of 169 responses were received from 184 respondents (15 were submitted jointly by 2 or more colleagues). The present document analyzes the responses. Respondents indicated strong overall support for the proposed assessment system. Components of the proposal that received particular praise were those that involve the use of a multidimensional approach, multiple data sources, and national sampling; data collection at various times in the school year; development of new assessment instruments; and creation of a national body to oversee the assessment. Respondents raised three concerns: (1) Assessment must not divert resources from programs; (2) Assessment reports should not be separated from contextual information about children's educational experiences; and (3) Inappropriate tracking of children should be prevented. Respondents made recommendations concerning the determination of readiness standards; equitable assessment of children; sampling procedures; and refinements of methodology. Respondents' comments are interspersed throughout the document. Appended materials include lists of members of the Goal 1 Resource Group and Technical Planning Subgroup and organizations whose members submitted responses to the report. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Goals Panel, Washington, DC.