Academic journal article Journal of Research in Childhood Education

Standardized Entrance Assessment in Kindergarten: A Qualitative Analysis of the Experiences of Teachers, Administrators, and Parents. (Research into Practice)

Academic journal article Journal of Research in Childhood Education

Standardized Entrance Assessment in Kindergarten: A Qualitative Analysis of the Experiences of Teachers, Administrators, and Parents. (Research into Practice)

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Standardized Entrance Assessment in Kindergarten: A Qualitative Analysis of the Experiences of Teachers, Administrators, and Parents--Dever & Barta. (Research Into Practice)

In order to assist early childhood educators in responding to mandated standardized assessment, this qualitative study intended to acquire an in-depth understanding of the experiences of teachers, parents, and administrators. In Utah, a statewide kindergarten assessment was begun during the 1997-98 academic year. Based on feedback from school districts, the assessment was revised and continues as a requirement for all children entering kindergarten. Researchers were interested in two stated purposes of the standardized kindergarten entrance assessment: 1) to provide assistance for planning curriculum, and 2) to provide information for parents to support literacy learning at home. During the first two weeks of each school year, parents bring their child to school at an appointed time. The teacher, who is provided with a manual and a script, individually administers the assessment. The assessment instrument is designed to measure the content of Utah's kindergarten core curriculum, which generally refers to the areas of literacy and numeric skills. Purposeful sampling was used to identify demographically diverse groups of informants. …

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