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ERIC Number: ED453256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-15
Pages: 38
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Anchorage Kindergarten Profile: Implementing the Alaska Kindergarten Developmental Profile.
Fenton, Ray
This paper discusses the development of the Anchorage Kindergarten Developmental Profile in the context of the Alaska Kindergarten Developmental Profile and presents some evaluation results from studies of the Anchorage measure. Alaska mandated the completion of an Alaska Developmental Profile (ADP) on each kindergarten student and each student new to first grade or new to school by November 2000, although the ADP does not require that any specific measurement of student performance take place. The Anchorage School District Developmental Profile was developed to fit the requirements of the ADP while giving the school district more consistent and useful information. A developmental committee developed, field-tested, and refined assessment activities and a Web-based data entry system for teachers to use in tracking their students. The Anchorage profile evaluates students in the areas of physical well-being and motor development, language and literacy development, personal-social development, thinking and cognitive development, and background. In focus groups, 56 teachers generally supported the profile system and found it useful. Questionnaires completed by 909 parents showed that parents generally felt that the assessment process was valuable. Ninety-two percent thought that meeting with the teacher in advance of the school year was valuable in itself. Some parents objected to the fact that the assessment process meant that the start of school was delayed for kindergarten students; these were usually parents with older students at the same school. Overall, teachers and parents support the developed assessment process and think that it helps show student needs early. Appended are state of Alaska Kindergarten Profile Report Form, Anchorage Kindergarten Profile Direction, including Alaska Developmental Profile Recording Form. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska