Reneé Patrick, Ph.D., received a new one-year award, Kansas School Readiness Research Project, funded by the Kansas Department of Education that began October, 2009.
The School Readiness Project is a program supported by the Kansas Department of Education to investigate student skill and ability as they enter formal education. The purpose is to collect information on the academic and social skills of children entering Kindergarten or who are participating in a state funded educational/preschool program. Information regarding teacher and parent practices is also collected in order to investigate those contextual variables that contribute to and promote children’s academic and school social functioning. The School Readiness Project was initially undertaken to provide the Kansas community with a measure of school readiness at Kindergarten entry as well as a measure of school, family, and community factors promoting readiness.
In addition to the evolution of early academic and social skills, the School Readiness Project has expanded its scope of investigation to include the first three years of formal elementary education (grades 1 through 3). The purpose of this expansion is to investigate variables that contribute to school success and student progress during the elementary years and to illuminate the variables that impact this progress. Measures of child progress during these first three years of formal education are needed in order to more fully evaluate student learning prior to state and federally mandated student achievement testing to elucidate what factors contribute to higher academic performance.