ERIC Number: ED450140
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Prekindergarten Evaluation, 1999-2000.
Curry, Janice; Zyskowski, Gloria
The Austin Independent School District (AISD) prekindergarten program is an important component of the state and district goal of having every student reading on grade level by the end of third grade. In 1999-2000, 57 of the 71 AISD elementary schools provided prekindergarten education. The AISD prekindergarten program served 3,571 4-year-olds. Program effectiveness for the program was determined by gains from pretest to posttest on the English language Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-III and the Spanish language Test de Vocabulario en Imagenes Peabody, both of which measure knowledge of receptive (hearing) vocabulary. Traditionally, half-day programs have shown greater gains from pretest to posttest, but in 1999-200l full-day programs showed greater gains in every comparison, and the gains for full-day students were significantly higher when they were tested in their native language, whether Spanish or English. This is important information for Title I schools in the AISD because 33 of the Title I schools offered full-day prekindergarten programs. Bilingual students appeared to receive some of the greatest benefits from prekindergarten, with 77% of bilingual classrooms having gains in both Spanish and English. Some recommendations are made for enhancing the prekindergarten program. (Contains 13 figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test