ERIC Number: ED481837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Prekindergarten Expansion Grant Evaluation, 2002-03.
In 2002-2003, the Austin Independent School District (AISD), Texas, offered full-day prekindergarten instruction to eligible 4-year-olds who were limited English proficient, economically disadvantaged, or homeless. AISD received $4,401,968 from the state Prekindergarten Expansion Grant to support full-day instruction in 2002-2003. This program evaluation shows that a total of 4,414 4-year-olds attended AISD prekindergarten in 2002-2003, representing an increase of 591 students from 2001-2002. Ninety-two percent of these students were from low-income families, and 45% met two criteria for eligibility. Hispanic students were the largest ethnic group, followed by African American. Thirty-eight languages were reported as home languages among these students, and the most frequently reported home languages were Spanish (49%), English (47%), and Vietnamese and Korean, at 1% each. In 2002-2003 there wee 243 prekindergarten teachers, and 26% had 0 to 1 years of teaching experience. Program effectiveness in language and literacy was determined by pretest-posttest scores in English and Spanish picture vocabulary test. Eighty-one percent of all Spanish language students and 71% of English language students made measurable gains. Informal mathematics assessment indicated progress in mathematics. Program teachers participated in professional development activities, with 58% of program teachers attending professional development directly related to prekindergarten. Recommendations are made for program improvement. Five appendixes contain supplemental tables and data. (Contains 20 figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.