ERIC Number: ED498080
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan-10
Reference Count: 0
Implementation of the Head Start National Reporting System: Spring 2005 Update. Executive Summary
Paulsell, Diane; Gordon, Anne; Nogales, Renee; Del Grosso, Patricia; Sprachman, Susan; Tarullo, Louisa
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
In fall 2003, the Head Start Bureau began implementing the Head Start National Reporting System (NRS) to systematically assess the early literacy, language and numeracy skills of all 4- and 5-year-olds enrolled in Head Start. In addition to child progression on a designated set of outcomes during the year preceding kindergarten, the data will provide the Bureau with information that can be used to enhance its current program monitoring system and develop targeted training and technical assistance. This summary highlights: (1) Design and Development History of NRS; (2) Four-Component NRS Assessment Process (Comprehension of Spoken English, Vocabulary, Letter Naming and Early Math Skills); (3) Development of the Computer-Based Reporting System (CBRS); (4) NRS Quality Assurance and System Development Project; (5) Assessment Quality; (6) Training Assessors at the Local Program Level; (7) Local Approaches to Implementing the NRS; (8) Using the CBRS; (9) Using NRS for Local Program Improvement; (10) Perspectives of Local Staff on NRS; and (11) Implications for NRS Improvement. (Contains 3 footnotes.) [This report was submitted to the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration of Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.]
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Mathematics Skills, Technical Assistance, Quality Control, Numeracy, Educational Assessment, Early Intervention, Emergent Literacy, Preschool Children, Data Collection, Evaluation Methods, Comprehension, Vocabulary Development, Test Construction, Evaluators
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, NJ.