ERIC Number: ED349087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Early Prevention of School Failure: Longitudinal Study 1987-1991. Evaluation Report.
Baenen, Nancy R.
Early Prevention of School Failure (EPSF) is a program designed to prevent children from failing academically. The program, which was introduced in the Wake County, North Carolina Public School System in 1986, identifies the developmental level of each participating kindergartner and recommends strategies to address each kindergartner's needs and strengths. Program evaluations included a short-term follow-up study in the 1986-87 school year and a long-term follow-up study through the 1991-92 school year. Results from the short-term study indicated that: (1) a total of 66 percent of kindergartners in the EPSF program showed gains of over 1 month of age per month of instruction in the age equivalency measures of the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT); and (2) a total of 21 percent of students who entered kindergarten with PPVT scores below grade level ended the year with scores at grade level. Results from the long-term study indicated that EPSF students did not show any gains over other students in retention rates, special education placements, or California Achievement Test scores. The EPSF kindergartners did not have lower special education placement rates than other students by grade 4. Those EPSF kindergartners who were identified as having considerable needs had a special education placement rate similar to that of other EPSF students by grade 4. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, NC.