ERIC Number: ED444723
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Prekindergarten Program Product Evaluation Report, 1997-98.
Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.
The Saginaw Prekindergarten Program is designed to provide 4-year-olds with an environment that will enable them to develop skills needed for future success in school, and to prepare inner city children for entry into kindergarten. The objectives of the program include specific achievements in 16 cognitive skills, psychomotor skills, and parental participation areas. An annual evaluation was conducted for the 1997-98 school year. A total of 444 children from 14 schools participated in the program. The Prekindergarten Saginaw Objective Reference Test assessed student achievement on a posttest-only basis. Teachers recorded the amount and type of parent participation throughout the year. Findings indicate that students attained all the cognitive objectives and three of the four psychomotor objectives. Eleven of the achievement objectives showed decreases in the percent of students meeting the mastery criteria in comparison to 1997 data. All objectives related to parent participation through classroom participation, parent meetings, and completion of home activities with the children were met successfully. It was concluded that the Saginaw Prekindergarten Program was very successful in 1997-98, attaining 15 of the 16 program objectives, It was recommended that building differences in results be examined, that the teachers and program supervisor jointly explore reasons for relatively poor achievement on one of the psychomotor objectives, and that an inservice session on language enhancement activities may be warranted. (Six appendices include the prekindergarten objectives, data collection instructions, and tabulated data by building.) (KB)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Measurement, Cognitive Objectives, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, High Risk Students, Inner City, Outcomes of Education, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Psychomotor Objectives, School Readiness
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.