ERIC Number: ED409094
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
At-Risk Kindergarten Program Evaluation: A Final Report.
Huffman, Priscilla D.
This study examined the effectiveness and efficiency with which the Chippewa Falls Area United School District (Wisconsin) addressed the needs of its diverse student population, focusing on the At-Risk Kindergarten Program implemented by the school district in 1992. The program serves a selected segment of the kindergarten population in an all-day, every-day program which included a 1:15 maximum adult-child ratio to address the developmental and instructional needs of at-risk kindergartners. The purpose of this study was to determine how effective the current program is, to explore options for the program, and to draw conclusions about the program. The methods used to gather this information included discussions with the two At-Risk Kindergarten teachers and the superintendent of schools, surveys completed by parents, observations of students, and reviews of each child's progress. The findings highlighted the absolute necessity of individual and small-group instruction. Both teachers were found to be effective even though their styles of teaching differed, and the program was positively impacted by Instructional Assistants and Resource Specialists who supplied individual instruction to the children. Other findings included: (1) the same expectations were placed on at-risk children as on non-at-risk children; (2) instructional pacing was quicker in non-at-risk kindergarten classes than at-risk classes; and (3) the adjustment of the at-risk child to regular primary classes was often overwhelming for the student. (Includes copies of the questionnaires given to both staff and parents.) (DCP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin