Lucy Read Prekindergarten Demonstration School - First-Year Cohort's 3rd-Grade TAKS Performance, Spring 2011
Students who attended Read pre‐K in 2006-2007 performed better than the state average on their Spring 2011 3rd grade math TAKS and had a greater percentage scoring commended on math TAKS than did other AISD pre-K students or those assumed to qualify for pre‐K.
Prekindergarten Evaluation Series: Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test Performance by Vertical Team 2010-2011
Although pre-K students average gains on the 2010-2011 PPVT/TVIP significantly differed by vertical team, these differences were attributed more to the students’ school or classroom rather than to the vertical team in which a school resides.
In November 2011, ACCESS staff distributed a questionnaire about early childhood education services participation to all Austin Independent School District’s parents/guardians of kindergarten and prekindergarten students through their classroom teacher. This report was funded through the ACCESS grant as an adhoc request and provides a district summary of the data.
Data in this report suggest that AISD's full-day pre-K program helped reduce the number of students who were retained a grade level or were placed in special education services. The cost per student for full-day pre-K was less than the costs associated with grade-level retention or special education services.
In 2011–2012, AISD prekindergarten enrollment was 5,525, a decrease by less than 2% from the 2010–2011 year. The vast majority of pre-K students were economically disadvantaged (94%) and/or English language learners (58%). Attendance rates for pre-K students increased by 0.6% from the prior year.
In 2010–2011, AISD prekindergarten enrollment was 5,614, an increase by 3% from the 2009–2010 year. The cost per student for pre‐K was approximately $3,234 for the 2010–2011 year, a $94 perstudent decrease from 2009–2010.
In 2011-2012, AISD provided a tuition-supported pre-K program to 4-year-old students who were not eligible to enroll in the state-mandated program. Overall, pre-K students in the tuition-supported program demonstrated meaningful growth on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test.
About 18% of 2009–2010 AISD pre-K students left AISD in 2010–2011 for kindergarten. The vertical teams of schools with the highest out-of-district mobility for pre-K students were Anderson (29%), LBJ (21%), and Reagan (20%).
AISD served 5,450 pre-K students in 2009-2010. Approximately 70% of sampled English-speaking pre-K students and 74% of sampled Spanish-speaking pre-K students had faster than the expected growth rate in receptive vocabulary.
In 2012-2013, AISD pre-K students demonstrated growth in receptive vocabulary on a nationally-normed test. Students enrolled in multiple programs showed greater growth in receptive vocabulary in their native language than did other pre-K students.