Academic journal article Childhood Education

Transitional Kindergarten in California

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Transitional Kindergarten in California

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TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN IN CALIFORNIA. Mercado-Garcia, D., Quick, H. E., Holod, A., & Manship, K. Washington, DC: American Institute for Research, 2013. 5 pp. Research suggests that providing high-quality education experiences for young learners results in positive outcomes for these children, in terms of higher achievement test scores. The goal of transitional kindergarten (TK) was to provide an additional year of early education to California's youngest learners to provide the necessary preparation for school success.

This research brief--the first of a series--provides an initial view of the findings from a survey of 868 California school administrators from all elementary and unified districts that engaged in transitional kindergarten (TK) in its first year of California state-wide implementation. In the fall of 2012, California districts began the inauguration of TK by moving back the kindergarten entry age by one month and offering TK to children who would turn 5 between November 2 and December 2, 2012.

The aims of the survey were to determine how many districts were implementing TK and how many students were served. Despite its short one-year timeframe of implementation, 89% of districts reported providing TK in 2012-13. …

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