Supporting KDE’s Strategic Research Plan and State Kindergarten readiness goals
Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) needed a data-savvy partner to help address key questions on kindergarten readiness in its strategic research plan. By partnering with Hanover Research, KDE gathered key data on its progress toward its goal of 64.1% kindergarten readiness by 2017.
1. Do students’ kindergarten readiness rates differ by their Pre-K care settings?
2. Does the availability of each Pre-K care setting type differ across Kentucky’s regional networks?
3. Do differences in the availability of Pre-K care settings correlate with the kindergarten readiness of a regional network?
|Descriptive Analyses: Hanover collected state-level public data to compare kindergarten readiness percentages between student groups from the following Pre-K care setting types:||Cross-Reference Data: To identify regional trends in Pre-K care setting availability, Hanover employed a three-step approach with district-level data:||Regression Analyses: Hanover estimated associations between kindergarten readiness percentages and the number of Pre-K care settings available.|
|Child Care Students are More Kindergarten Ready|
Students from child care settings have the highest kindergarten readiness rate (70%), while students from home settings have the lowest (38%).
|Gaps Exist in Pre-K Care Setting Availability||Number of Available Settings Predicts Kindergarten Readiness|
Schools with four Pre-K care settings have a higher kindergarten readiness rate than schools with no prior settings (3.72 percentage points).