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ERIC Number: ED537733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Report of the Optional Extended-Day Kindergarten Program for the 2009-10 School Year: Utah Code 53A-1a-902; Enrolled S.B. 49, 2007; Board Rule R277-489
Shumway, Larry
Utah State Office of Education
Optional Extended-Day Kindergarten benefits students above and beyond non-Optional Extended-Day kindergarten. While OEK students began the 2009-10 school year with significantly lower scores than non-OEK students, by the end of the year OEK students had closed this achievement gap and scored similarly to non-OEK students. In some cases OEK students surpassed the achievement of non-OEK students at the end of the year. Thus, this report shows that the program benefits at-risk students. Quick facts include: (1) Approximately 18% of kindergarten students participated in an extended kindergarten program in 2009-10; (2) OEK classrooms gained an average of 54 percentage points over the year; non-OEK classrooms gained an average of 36 percentage points; (3) Significantly fewer OEK students were at risk for falling behind in reading at the end of the year than at the beginning of the year (35% to 13%); (4) A higher percentage of OEK students are able to move up from being at risk compared to non-OEK students (22% compared to 2%); (5) In some districts, OEK classrooms even surpassed the achievement of non-OEK classrooms at the end of the year; and (6) This report finds similar outcomes to the 2009 report on OEK student achievement, and both reports conclude that while OEK students begin the year behind non-OEK students, by the end of the year this gap is closed or surpassed. (Contains 4 figures and 3 tables.)
Utah State Office of Education. 250 East 500 South, P.O. Box 144200, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200. Tel: 801-538-7500; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.
Identifiers - Location: Utah
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)