ERIC Number: ED475301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jan-3
Effects Five Years Later: The Michigan School Readiness Program Evaluation through Age 10.
Xiang, Zongping; Schweinhart, Lawrence J.
This follow-up study examined the outcomes of children who had participated in the Michigan School Readiness Program (MSRP), a preschool program for 4-year-olds identified as being at risk for school failure, up to 5 years following their participation in the program. For the evaluation, 338 children who had participated in the state-funded preschool program and 258 comparison children of similar age and socioeconomic status who did not participate were followed from their entrance into kindergarten in 1996 through fourth grade. The evaluation sites were in and around Detroit, Grand Rapids, Grayling, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, and Port Huron. Compared to nonparticipating classmates at the beginning of kindergarten, children who had completed the MSRP were found by observers to be significantly more advanced in language and literacy, creative representation, music and movement, initiative, and social relations. Their parents were also more involved in their childrens school activities and talked with their teachers more frequently. From kindergarten through fourth grade, children who had attended the MSRP were found by their elementary teachers to be: significantly more ready to learn than their nonparticipating classmates; more interested in school; more likely to have good attendance, take initiative, and retain learning; stronger in reading, mathematics, thinking, and problem-solving skills; and better at working with others. Compared to classmates of similar age and socioeconomic background who did not attend, 24 percent more MSRP participants passed the Michigan Educational Assessment Program literacy test for grade 4, and 16 percent more passed the mathematics test. Thirty-five percent fewer participants needed to repeat a grade. (Three appendices detail data analysis procedures.) (KB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Early Intervention, Elementary School Students, Followup Studies, Longitudinal Studies, Outcomes of Education, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Readiness, Standardized Tests
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing.
Authoring Institution: High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, Ypsilanti, MI.