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ERIC Number: ED551208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 126
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2677-5428-8
Characteristics of Successful Kindergarten Students in Georgia Public Schools
Davis, Shana Dyan Lester
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Public school education and reform face a myriad of challenges that are uniquely different from those of years past. Tougher curriculum standards, societal differences, cultural diversity and an overall shift in educational attitudes and practices may limit and change the educational success of many children. The cognitive development of students and knowledge base of students entering school is coherently critical to the success of not only the child, but the school and school system as well. Because of this, high stakes are now placed upon a school's performance. With the unyielding pressure to excel on standardized tests, schools often find it critical for students to enter kindergarten ready to learn and having skills previously unheard of. This study took an in-depth look at the skills students should have prior to entering kindergarten as well as the informal education they receive from their home environment prior to entering formal education in a suburban north Georgia school district. The study collected and interpreted data, test scores, and parent surveys in order to decipher a correlation. Based on the results of the responses as indicated on the parent survey, there were not any specific home or preschool activities that significantly affected GKIDS scores. On the contrary, the age of the kindergarten student does significantly affect students' GKIDS scores. This study paved the way to creating and developing programs, literature, classes, and insight that will help future kindergarteners and their parents ensure kindergarten success. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia