Using Data to Help More Children Enter Kindergarten ‘Ready to Learn’

 

Who is ready for Spring?  We are!  
At ASR, Spring symbolizes two main events:  the end of a relatively cold winter (by Californian standards) and school readiness reporting madness! Here’s what we have been doing in 2013-2014. 
  • In Sacramento County, we assessed the school readiness differences between children who went to preschool and received First 5 services with those who had not.
  • In Alameda County, we conducted our very first county-wide school readiness assessment.
  • In Marin County, we tracked school readiness trends over four years.
  • In Santa Clara County, we linked the quality of preschools to children’s school readiness levels.
  • In Del Norte County, we analyzed three consecutive years of school readiness data and held data to action workshops with family day care providers, preschool teachers and kindergarten teachers.
  • In Arizona, we assessed the school readiness of students who went to a summer KinderCamp, as compared to kids who didn’t go to that camp.
While the reports for the various school readiness assessments are still being compiled, ASR is happy to share this one data nugget in advance of their publications (scheduled for April or May 2014): 
  • Students who participated in the summer KinderCamp in Flagstaff, Arizona showed statistically significant differences in readiness than their peers who didn’t go to that camp (3.43 compared to 3.29, on a readiness scale from 1-4). 
  • KinderCamp participants demonstrated higher levels of social-emotional readiness for kindergarten. 

Let us help you in assessing how ready children are for school in your community. We’ve been doing it for over a decade with 50,000 children in California, Illinois and Arizona.  Here is how you can use school readiness data: 
  • Gather a valid portrait of children’s readiness for school within the first few weeks of entering kindergarten.
  • Use the data to “look backward” to determine which factors contribute to children’s readiness, and evaluate the effects of specific readiness-focused interventions, like preschool or summer school.
  • Use the data to “look forward” for ways to help improve children’s trajectories, especially where there are gaps in readiness.   Our new common core module helps teachers gather formative data on what students need to learn the rest of the kindergarten year.
  • Use the data to build bridges between people working with the same children. 
If you are interested in using ASR’s School Readiness Model in your community, we can help you in one of two ways: 
  1. ASR can manage the assessment for you from beginning to end (includes teacher trainings,        packet distribution, monitoring, data entry, data analysis and reporting) or
  2. You manage the assessments on your own, with as much or little technical assistance from ASR as you need.
We also offer an online data entry and scoring system to facilitate the process!
For more information, please contact Lisa Colvig-Amir at Lisa@appliedsurveyresearch.org or at 408-247-8319.