ERIC Number: ED472356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
What Is the Penny Buying for South Carolina? Child Development Programs for Four-Year-Olds: Student and Program Characteristics, Longitudinal Study of Academic Achievement, and Current Parent Perceptions.
Tennenbaum, Inez M.
One of the programs funded by the Education Improvement Act in South Carolina was the child development program for 4-year-olds with readiness deficiencies placing them at risk for early school failure. This report presents the findings of three studies focusing on the characteristics of the child development programs and students, the academic achievement of students over time, and the perceptions of the parents of children currently enrolled in the child development programs. Section 1 of the report examines the 2000-01 programs and their students, using information about staff, location, organization, service capacity, curriculum, instructional methods, and program improvement needs. Student characteristic data included ethnicity, family background, and screening test information. Section 2 compares the academic achievement of nearly 10,000 child development program participants with that of nonparticipant peers from Grade 1 through 3 and identifies the participants who benefited the most from the program. Findings yielded the following major conclusions: (1) child development programs had a positive long-term effect on participants' later academic performance compared to nonparticipants; (2) the program helped Asian, Caucasian, and Hispanic children more than other ethnic groups in later reading and mathematics performance; (3) fewer participants than nonparticipants needed academic assistance more than two hours weekly at Grade 2; and (4) full-day and half-day participants performed equally well on standardized achievement tests in Grade 3. Section 3 examines current parent perceptions of the program quality, the progress their children made while in the program, and the program administrator-parent relationship. Overall parent satisfaction with the program was high. The report's three appendices include the parent survey form and a list of school districts providing MAT7 test data in Spring 2002. (Contains 13 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Early Childhood Education, High Risk Students, Longitudinal Studies, Parent Attitudes, Parent School Relationship, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, State Programs, Student Characteristics, Young Children
South Carolina Department of Education, Office of Public Information, Rutledge Building, 1429 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Tel: 803-734-8815; Web site: http://www.myscschools.com.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina