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

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ESEA: Ready-to-Learn Television - 2005

CFDA Number: 84.295 - Ready-To-Learn Television


Program Goal: The Ready-to-Learn Television Program will enhance the learning strategies of preschool and early elementary children.
Objective 8.1 of 1: Develop, produce, and distribute high-quality televised educational programming for preschool and early elementary school children.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 3: Children ages 3-6 years old who view literacy based Ready-to-Learn shows will demonstrate expressive vocabulary skills and emergent literacy skills.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
(a) Percentage of children ages 3-6 years old who viewed literacy based Ready-to-Learn television shows that demonstrate expressive vocabulary skills at or above national norms.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Children Ages 3-6
Children Ages 3-6
2003
28.40
 
2004
40
 
2005
 
40

(b) Percentage of children ages 3-6 years old who viewed literacy based Ready-to-Learn television shows that demonstrate emergent literacy skills at or above national norms.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Children Ages 3-6
Children Ages 3-6
2003
54.90
 
2004
75
 
2005
 
40


Explanation: Sesame Street and Between the Lions are the literacy based RTL programs that have been included for purposes of this measure. 25 percent of Head Start children scored at or above national norms in expressive vocabulary skills and emergent literacy skills. Children participating in full-year Head Start programs who score at or above national norms for expressive vocabulary and emergent literacy skills can be expected to increase by approximately 9 percent annually. The 5 percent annual increase is ambitious because, unlike Head Start, Ready-to-Learn services are not ''full year.'' Further, at least some children in the Ready-to-Learn target populations achieve at lower baseline levels than comparable populations of children who participated in the National Head Start study. Ready-to-Learn services included in this measure have 4 target populations: children with limited literacy, children with disabilities, rural children, and children whose primary language is not English.  
Source 1: Other
Other: National Evaluation.
Sponsor: Head Start Family & Child Experiences Survey: Longitudinal Findings on Program Performance 3rd Progress Report.
Date Sponsored: 09/30/2003.

Source 2: Non-NCES Survey/Research
Collecting Agency: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Survey/Research Report Title: Ready to Learn National Evaluation.
References: Woodcock-Munoz Language Survey Normative Update Picture Vocab Test & Woodcock Munoz Letter-Word Identification Test.

Source 3: Non-NCES Survey/Research
Collecting Agency: WestED.
Survey/Research Report Title: PBS Ready-to-Learn Performance Indicator Study of Viewing Effects.
References: Proportion of students age equivalent or higher on the Woodcock-Munoz Language Survey Normative Update Picture Vocab Test & Woodcok-Munoz Normative Update Letter-Word Identification Test.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2004 - 2005
Data Available: September 2005
Validated By: Mathematica and reviewed by ED staff.

Limitations: Data is only being collected on preschool children because it is prohibitively expensive to include elementary school through 3rd grade children. The parents/child educators of all children included in the sample attended Ready-To-Learn workshops.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 3: Parents who attend workshops will demonstrate daily reading to their children.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of parents who attend workshops that demonstrate daily reading to their children.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Parents
Parents
2003
56.50
 
2004
68
 
2005
 
53


Explanation: Thirty-seven percent of Head Start parents read to their children on a daily basis. The source for this statistic was the Head Start Evaluation sited in indicator number one. This statistic was used for developing our baseline.  
Source 1: Other
Other: Other.
Sponsor: Survey (paper & pencil, Internet, telephone) of parent and child educator workshop attendees. WestEd.
Date Sponsored: 07/15/2004.

Source 2: Other
Other: Other.
Sponsor: Mathematica- Research Contractor. Data collected from parents in face-to-face interviews..
Date Sponsored: 09/30/2003.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2004 - 2005
Data Available: September 2005
Mathematica, contractor and reviewed by Department staff.

Limitations: Data collected by contractor are self-reported from parents. Indicator may no longer be used after FY 2005.

 
Indicator 8.1.3 of 3: Percentage of parents and child educators who actively implement the Ready To Learn Triangle (View, Do, Read).
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of parents and child educators who actively implement the Ready-to-Learn Triangle following attendance at a Ready-to-Learn Workshop.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Parents and Child Educators
Parents and Child Educators
2003
43.75
 
2004
61.50
 
2005
 
54


Explanation: PBS contracts with 148 Ready-to-Learn stations (PBS affiliates) to conduct workshops, distribute reading materials and newsletters in English and Spanish, and engage in other ancillary Ready-to-Learn program activities. The Ready-to-Learn ''View, Do and Read'' Learning Triangle is designed to enhance young children's learning by encouraging them to interact with the people and objects around them.  
Source 1: Other
Other: Other.
Sponsor: Mathematica - Research Contractor. Data collected from parents in face-to-face interviews. Data collected from child educators by phone interviews..
Date Sponsored: 09/30/2003.

Source 2: Other
Other: Other.
Sponsor: Survey (pencil & paper, Internet, telephone) of parent and child educator workshop attendees. WestEd.
Date Sponsored: 07/15/2004.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2004 - 2005
Data Available: September 2005
Mathematica and reviewed by Department staff.

Limitations: Data collected by contractor are self-reported by parents and child educators. Indicator may no longer be used after FY 2005.

 

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