U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n

Ready-to-Learn Television

Goal 8: To develop, produce, and distribute video programming and educational materials for preschool and elementary children and their parents in order to facilitate the achievement of the National Education Goal for all children in America to start school ready to learn.
Objective 1 of 2: DEVELOP, PRODUCE, AND DISTRIBUTE HIGH-QUALITY TELEVISED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING AND WRITTEN EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS FOR PRESCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN AND THEIR CAREGIVERS.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 1: Distribution of educational television programs: Ready to Learn (RTL) programs will reach an increasing number of viewers.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Number of stations
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Number of stations
Number of stations
1995
48
 
1999
130
 
2000
132
132
2001
135
137
2002
139
 

Number of viewers (Millions)
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Between the Lions Dragon Tales
Between the Lions Dragon Tales
2000
5.60 12.90
4.50 10
2001
5.60 12.90
5 11
2002
5.60 12.90
   
Status: Positive movement towards target is expected.  

Explanation: Annual programming analyses are collected routinely at a 6-month and year-end cycles from PBS and RTL stations. The numbers of viewers will be entered to provide indicator analysis that can reflect viewers as well as stations.  
Source: Performance Report
Contractor Performance Report.

Additional Source Information: Performance Reports from the Public Broadcasting Service and RTL stations. Reports from producers, WGBH-Boston, and The Children's Television Workshop, Scholastic.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: December 2002.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data supplied by the grantee

Limitations: While the number of RTL stations may increase, this does not ensure that the number of viewers will increase.

Improvements: Ratings for shows will be included in future reports as available.

 

Objective 2 of 2: PROVIDE TRAINING TO EDUCATION PERSONNEL IN THE PUBLIC TELEVISION COMMUNITY SO THAT THEY CAN TRAIN PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS TO HELP CHILDREN BECOME READY TO LEARN.
Indicator 8.2.1 of 1: Training for parents and caregivers: The number of parents and caregivers trained will increase to 961,153 in FY 2002.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Number of parents and caregivers trained
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1995
45,447
 
1996
118,274
 
1997
219,256
 
1998
332,523
 
1999
563,075
246,274
2000
687,453
600,000
2001
821,153
650,000
2002
 
961,153
Status: Target exceeded.

Explanation: Number of parents and caregivers trained is projected to increase in 2002. In an effort to increase the impact of Ready To Learn, PBS has recently tightened the definition of a Ready To Learn training workshop and is shifting the focus from offering high numbers of short one-time workshops to offering in-depth workshops to a group of adults over time. These actions will result higher quality training that is received by fewer total adults.  
Additional Source Information: PBS Annual Performance Reports.

Frequency: Biennially.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: December 2002.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data supplied by the grantee.

Limitations: Data are supplied by the grantee.

 

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