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Number of children demonstrating gains in school readiness in terms of literacy skills.
Goal 1: Education: School Readiness
Definition of Key Terms
Children: Children up through the age of kindergarten enrollment who are enrolled in early childhood education programs with a majority of economically disadvantaged children and/or a majority of children with special or exceptional needs.
Literacy skills: An indicator and element of school readiness that measures a child‟s development in one or more of the following domains: phonological awareness, book knowledge and appreciation, print awareness and concepts, early writing, and alphabet knowledge. Each domain of literacy skills development has a set of specific, measurable indicators. The applicant/grantee should identify at the outset those specific domain(s) and indicator(s) of literacy skills development that (a) directly corresponds to the program intervention and (b) will be measured by the particular standardized data collection instrument you choose.
School readiness: Preparation for Kindergarten which includes multiple indicators assessed across developmental and behavioral domains including but not limited to physical well-being, health and motor development, social and emotional development, approaches to learning, language development, cognitive development and age-appropriate skills and behavior.
How to Calculate/ Measure/ Collect Data
Programs should obtain counts of the number of children demonstrating gains in school readiness based on their literacy skills.
Accredited early childhood education programs have state requirements for assessing literacy skills of children to determine school readiness. For example, such a measure may be "Number of children almost always recognizing the relationships between letters and sounds at kindergarten entry". This suggested measure is from the National School Readiness Indicators Initiative Project (Feb 2005)
There is a fairly short list of pre-K assessments that are recognized as measuring the skills needed for kindergarten-first grade. A Review of School Readiness Factors in the States: Early Learning Guidelines and Assessments.