SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 6, 2014) — Yesterday during the Pre-K 4 SA Board meeting, the Pre-K 4 SA Board of Directors received a briefing on the program's initial results from student assessment testing that took place during the 2013-2014 school year.
“We are encouraged by the progress that Pre-K 4 SA students showed on their assessment tests; it demonstrates we are on the right path. However, we have challenged staff to determine what changes need to be made in order to close the gaps in specific areas and increase achievement levels even more this fall,” said Pre-K 4 SA Board Chair Elaine Mendoza.
Pre-K 4 SA, in its first year of implementation, showed positive student achievement results utilizing a nationally recognized testing instrument, Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment, which assesses developmental skills in the following areas: Language Development, Mathematics, Social skills, Physical skills, Cognitive Development, and Literacy. The Snapshot Report shows the percentage of children at a particular level for each area of development. In all six skill areas, Pre-K 4 SA students demonstrated positive improvement between fall and spring semesters.
The percentage of Pre-K 4 SA students meeting or exceeding expectations (as compared against a national sample of 30,000 Pre-K students) increased by 20 percent from the fall to spring semester in the four skill areas of social skills, physical skills, literacy, and mathematics. There was a 26 percent gain in students meeting or exceeding expectations in the cognitive skill area and a 13 percent growth in students meeting or exceeding expectations in language development.
“The results on our students’ development measures are very encouraging,” said Mayor Ivy Taylor. “Students demonstrated substantial growth and improvement of each of the skill areas assessed. This is valuable information that allows our Pre-K 4 SA educators to evaluate any needed focus areas.”
Pre-K 4 SA teachers utilized this assessment during the first year of the program. Students were assessed in the fall, the winter, and the spring.
“We are pleased with the growth our children showed from their fall to their spring assessments in the first year of the program, and feel confident that they will be ready for kindergarten this fall,” said Pre-K 4 SA CEO Kathy Bruck. “We will be reviewing these results strategically with our teachers to see if there are objectives which need more focus in our curriculum, or strategies which we might incorporate to increase student performance in our second year.”
When compared to the national sample of approximately 30,000 Prekindergarten students assessed in Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment, between 80 percent and 90 percent of Pre-K 4 SA students had knowledge, skills, and behaviors meeting or exceeding other children being assessed.