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Education Equals Economics Ready or Not? Assessing Kindergarten Readiness in Central Texas Jim Van Overschelde, PhD Laura Koenig January 26, 2011.

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1 Education Equals Economics Ready or Not? Assessing Kindergarten Readiness in Central Texas Jim Van Overschelde, PhD Laura Koenig January 26, 2011

2 Education Equals Economics

3 Why is Readiness Important?

4 Education Equals Economics Central Texas is Changing! There are an estimated 144,046 children (age 0-5) in Central Texas - a 28% increase in just 10 years Texas has the fastest growing (0-5) child population in the country The Central Texas child population is growing at twice the state rate Source: The Texas State Data Center and Office of the State Demographer and Texas Kids Count 2009 data

5 Education Equals Economics Low Income Enrollment

6 Education Equals Economics Low Income Enrollment

7 Education Equals Economics Not Being Ready is Expensive! Source: Seven Things Policy Makers need to Know about School Readiness(2005)

8 Education Equals Economics Central Texas Guide to School Readiness Kindergarten Readiness assessment –Based on the Texas Pre-K Guidelines 997 Kindergartners 59 classrooms –7 school districts and 1 charter school

9 Education Equals Economics Half of CTX Students Are Not Ready! Source: E 3 Alliance analysis of CTGSR assessment data, weighted sample Social Emotional (4) Language & Communication (3) Emerging Literacy (5) Mathematics (3) Child displayed competency in 14 out of 16 measures, and had no areas of focus

10 Education Equals Economics PK Appears to Work Source: E 3 Alliance analysis of CTGSR assessment data, unweighted sample

11 Education Equals Economics Social-Emotional Development Source: E 3 Alliance analysis of CTGSR assessment data, unweighted sample

12 Education Equals Economics Language and Communication Source: E 3 Alliance analysis of CTGSR assessment data, unweighted sample

13 Education Equals Economics Emerging Literacy Source: E 3 Alliance analysis of CTGSR assessment data, unweighted sample

14 Education Equals Economics Mathematics Source: E 3 Alliance analysis of CTGSR assessment data, unweighted sample

15 Education Equals Economics

16 Full-Day PK Has Higher Utilization Source: Estimates computed by E 3 Alliance using TEAs AEIS data 18%

17 Education Equals Economics


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