ERIC Number: ED444726
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Michigan School Readiness Program Product Evaluation Report, 1996-97.
Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.
The Michigan School Readiness Program (MSRP) is a state-funded prekindergarten program in Saginaw for 4-year-olds from the inner city with the goal of providing an environment that develops school readiness skills. The seven program components are: cognitive, psychomotor, affective, parent participation/education, curriculum, staff development, and community collaboration/participation. An annual evaluation was conducted for the 1996-97 school year. A total of 300 students attended the program at 1 of 10 sites. The Prekindergarten Saginaw Objective Reference Test assessed student achievement on a posttest-only basis. The Affective Rating Scale was used on a pre-post basis. Findings indicate that MSRP students attained all the cognitive and affective objectives and three of the four psychomotor objectives. Over 80 percent of families participated in the classroom or on field trips. Over 90 percent of families participated in parent meetings and completed home activities with their children. An early childhood education curriculum committee met to discuss literacy for young children and revised first grade report cards to reflect change in reading and writing. The program supervisor met with the Michigan Department of Education Interagency Advisory Council and the Health Education Advisory Board. All staff attended at least 75 percent of the inservice sessions offered. It was concluded that the MSRP in its eighth year of operation was very successful, having maintained 25 of 26 objectives. It was recommended that building results be analyzed to formulate a plan to reduce differences in program impact across buildings. (Eight appendices include a description of the program, data collection instruments, and data by school building.) (KB)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Measurement, Cognitive Objectives, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Criteria, High Risk Students, Inner City, Outcomes of Education, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Performance, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Psychomotor Objectives, School Readiness, State Programs, Young Children
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.