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ERIC Number: ED535663
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Establishing and Sustaining an Effective Pre-Kindergarten Math Intervention at Scale
Klein, Alice; Starkey, Prentice; DeFlorio, Lydia; Brown, E. Todd
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
Educators are increasingly concerned about the low level of mathematics performance of U.S. students on the TIMSS and other international assessments of mathematics (National Mathematics Advisory Panel, 2008) as well as their insufficient preparation for mathematics standards, such as the Common Core State Standards. Students from low-income and minority backgrounds demonstrate lower levels of mathematics achievement than their peers from more advantaged backgrounds, and there is compelling evidence that this SES-related achievement gap in mathematics emerges prior to school entry. It is also known from a recent meta-analysis of several large longitudinal studies that children's mathematics knowledge in kindergarten is the strongest predictor of their later school achievement--stronger than early literacy knowledge, attention skills, or socioemotional development. If this gap is not addressed early, it persists and increases over time. Thus, it is clear that the acquisition of early mathematics knowledge by all children must be a major educational priority. To address this educational priority, the authors' research group has developed an early mathematics intervention, "Pre-K Mathematics." With collaborators, the authors have rigorously evaluated it over multiple studies and have found it to be highly effective at improving mathematical knowledge in economically disadvantaged pre-kindergarten children relative to a control group.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Identifiers - Location: California; Indiana; Kentucky
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study