ERIC Number: ED351097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Early Prevention of School Failure: Evaluation Report.
Zeh, Joyce D.; Baenen, Nancy R.
Early Prevention of School Failure (EPSF) is a nationally validated program designed to prevent school failure by identifying the developmental levels and learning styles of children 4 to 6 years of age, and providing materials and teaching strategies to address students' needs and develop their strengths. In 1986-87, EPSF was introduced to the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) in North Carolina, and in 1990-91 a program evaluation was conducted. The evaluation was based on structured interviews and surveys of staff, focusing on screening, kindergarten instruction, training, supplies, implementation at the first grade level, effectiveness, and the overall early childhood program in the WCPSS. In addition, the evaluation examined student screening results. It was found that 78% of the kindergarten teachers found the EPSF training to be effective, though comments from kindergarten and first grade teachers, and principals and assistant principals, indicated an interest in more ongoing training. A total of 92% of the teachers interviewed stated that they did not have adequate supplies to implement EPSF. The EPSF program was not implemented as fully in grade 1 as in kindergarten, and coordination between kindergarten and first grade teachers was limited. Among kindergarten teachers surveyed, 73% agreed that EPSF helped students overcome skill deficiencies, though most respondents felt that modality instruction, in conjunction with kindergarten curriculum and materials, was responsible for positive results. Detailed survey and interview results are attached. (AC)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Early Intervention, Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Inservice Teacher Education, Kindergarten, Participant Satisfaction, Prevention, Primary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Screening Tests, Staff Development, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Validated Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, NC.