ERIC Number: ED354102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
State-Funded Program for High-Risk Four-Year-Olds Evaluation Report 1990-1991: Part I, Program Descriptions; Part II, Follow-Up Study; Part III, Comprehensive Longitudinal Report.
Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge. Office of Research and Development.; Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge. Bureau of Evaluation.
Act 619 of the 1984 Louisiana legislative session initiated the State-Funded Program for High-Risk Four-Year-Olds, which is intended to improve the school readiness of preschool students. This document is the program evaluation report for 1990 and 1991. Part 1 of the report is a comprehensive program description which provides information on: (1) program characteristics; (2) expenditures per pupil in school systems participating in the program; and (3) the proportion of eligible children participating in the program. Recommendations for improving the quality of the program are offered. Part 2 discusses the results of a follow-up study that focused on the grade level progression and classroom performance of former program participants. Results indicated that among former participants, 78 percent were at the expected grade level in their progression through school, and between 61 and 98 percent were rated by their present teachers as being at or above their class average in seven developmental areas. Recommendations for increasing program funding and facilitating longitudinal studies of program participants are offered. Part 3 examines the instructional techniques used in the local projects participating in the state-funded program and the academic performance of former program students now enrolled in grades 3 through 5. Results of classroom observations and standardized tests indicate that developmentally appropriate techniques are in use in local programs, and that former program students perform as well as other third and fourth grade students in mathematics and language arts. Appendices in each of the three parts provide materials related to the program evaluation. (BC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Followup Studies, Full State Funding, High Risk Students, Longitudinal Studies, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, School Readiness, State Programs, State Surveys, Student Development, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge. Office of Research and Development.; Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge. Bureau of Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana