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.
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.
AISD Prekindergarten Program Longitudinal Summary Report, Issue 2: Half-Day versus Full-Day Programs, 2001-2002 Pre-K Cohort
Full-day pre-K students from the 2001–2002 cohort were more likely to pass the 2010 7th-grade reading TAKS than were kindergarten students from the 2002–2003 cohort who were assumed eligible for pre-K but did not attend pre-K in 2001–2002.
AISD Prekindergarten Program Longitudinal Summary Report, Issue 1: Long-Term Benefits, 2005-2006 Pre-K Cohort
Economically disadvantaged English language learners who were enrolled in the 2005-2006 AISD pre-K program performed better on the Spring 2010 reading and math TAKS than did similar students who first enrolled in AISD during kindergarten or later.
Pre-k teachers with more than 18 students reported a greater frequency of students’ disruptive behaviors than did teachers with fewer students. Most teachers gave positive ratings to their support team, central office staff, and the curriculum.
On average, AISD pre-K students scored below the national average range on a test for receptive vocabulary ability. English language learners (ELLs) scored lower, on average, than did non-ELLs. Read more about pre-K students' Fall 2012 performance by vertical team.
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.