ERIC Number: ED458248
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Prekindergarten Evaluation, 2000-01.
The prekindergarten (pre-K) program is an important part of the systemic effort by the Austin Independent School District, Texas (AISD) to help every student meet the state's student performance standards. In 2000-2001, 41 of the district's schools offering pre-K (79% of all elementary schools) had full-day programs and 17 had half-day programs. A total of 3,441 4-year-olds attended pre-K during 2000-2001. Program effectiveness 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, tests that measure knowledge of receptive vocabulary in English or Spanish respectively. Both English-only and Spanish limited-English-speaking students began the school year with lower pretest scores on the Picture Vocabulary Test than in previous years. Seventy-six percent (n=1,553) of all students scored in the average range, or above, at the posttest when tested in their native language. Many changes occurred in length of day and length of year in the AISD in 2000-2001, and consequences of these changes are summarized. In 2001-2002, the same vocabulary tests will be administered to pre-K students to measure growth in receptive vocabulary. The report includes recommendations for the evaluation of the pre-K programs in the 2001-2002 school year. Appendixes list the pre-K programs, summarize vocabulary test scores, and contain teacher responses from the evaluation of the "Prekindergarten Curriculum Guidelines" training. (Contains 15 figures and 11 references.) (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