America's Kindergartners: Findings from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study

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DIANE Publishing, 2000 - 106 pages
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In the fall of 1998, about 4 million children were attending kindergarten in the U.S., approximately 95% of them for the first time. This report presents the first findings from a new national study of kindergartners, their schools, classrooms, teachers and families. The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K), sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Education, Nat. Center for Education Statistics, began following a nationally representative sample of some 22,000 kindergartners in the fall of 1998. The ECLS-K will follow the same cohort of children from their entry to kindergarten through their fifth grade year.

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Page 21 - Percentages may not sum to 100 due to rounding. SOURCE: US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99, Fall 1998.
Page ii - NCES activities are designed to address high priority education data needs; provide consistent, reliable, complete, and accurate indicators of education status and trends; and report timely, useful, and high quality data to the US Department of Education, the Congress, the states, other education policymakers, practitioners, data users, and the general public. We strive to make our products available in a variety of formats and in language that is appropriate to a variety of audiences. You, as our...
Page ii - Center shall: (1) collect, collate, and, from time to time, report full and complete statistics on the condition of education in the United States...
Page 71 - In addition to properly weighting the responses, special procedures for estimating the statistical significance of the estimates were employed because the data were collected using a complex sample design. Complex sample designs, like that used in the NHES, result in data that violate some of the assumptions that are normally required to assess the statistical significance of the results. Frequently, the standard errors of the estimates from...
Page ii - Commissioner The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data related to education in the United States and other nations.
Page 69 - NHES:96, efforts were made to prevent such errors from occurring and to compensate for them where possible. For instance, during the survey design phase, focus groups and cognitive laboratory interviews were conducted for the purpose of assessing respondent knowledge of the topics, comprehension of questions and terms, and the sensitivity of items.
Page 70 - Standard errors can be used as a measure of the precision expected from a particular sample. The probability that a complete census parameter would differ from the sample estimate by less than the standard error is about 68 out of 100.
Page iv - ... 1999, and spring 2000. We wish to acknowledge the support that we have received from the Head Start Bureau of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families; the Economic Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture; the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development; and the US Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs, Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs, and Planning and Evaluation Service.
Page 68 - ECLS-K are subject to two types of error, sampling and nonsampling errors. Nonsampling errors are errors made in the collection and processing of data. Sampling errors occur because the data are collected from a sample rather than a census of the population.
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