ERIC Number: ED445775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Still! Unacceptable Trends in Kindergarten Entry and Placement. A Position Statement. Revision and Update.
National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education.
Noting that the persistence of unacceptable trends in kindergarten entry and placement practices narrows the curriculum in kindergarten and primary education, constricts equal educational opportunity, and curtails the exercise of professional responsibilities of early childhood educators, this position statement of the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS/SDE) is offered to increase public awareness about educational policies and practices affecting young children. Following an overview, the statement discusses six principles of kindergarten entry and placement related to: (1) guarding the integrity of effective, developmentally appropriate programs for young children; (2) enrolling children in kindergarten based on their legal right to enter; (3) involving kindergarten teachers and administrators in student assessment decisions; (4) rejecting retention as a viable option for young children; (5) using kindergarten entrance tests in initial planning and information-sharing with parents; and (6) welcoming all children into heterogeneous kindergarten settings. The statement concludes with a challenge to make adjustments that would make education more responsive to the needs of young children, and to allow only those practices that are beneficial to young children. (Contains 48 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Age Grade Placement, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Educational Practices, Grade Repetition, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Position Papers, Primary Education, School Entrance Age, School Readiness, Social Promotion, Student Adjustment, Student Placement, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education.