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Inequality at the Kindergarten Starting Gate and Quality at the ECLS-K Starting Gate

reviewed by Dick Schutz - 2003

coverTitle: Inequality at the Kindergarten Starting Gate and Quality at the ECLS-K Starting Gate
Author(s): Valerie E. Lee and David Burkam
Publisher: Economic Policy Institute, Washington
ISBN: 1932066020, Pages: 102, Year: 2002
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“Starting Gate” is an apt metaphor in two senses.  First, this monograph studies the relationship between children’s social background characteristics and their academic achievement at Kindergarten entry.  Second, this is the first book-length publication based on the federal National Center for Education Statistics’ Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99.   That’s a mouthful, which more commonly goes by the acronym, ECLS-K.  The valuable nuggets of information the monograph presents barely scratch the surface of the ECLS-K databases.  In an effort to encourage interest in both the book and the databases, I will first review the monograph and then preview the ECLS-K databases.   The monograph includes five chapters.  Chapter 1 explores, via graphs, relationships among race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status quintiles, and the results of a Math test and a Reading test individually-administered to children at kindergarten entry.  The SES variable is a composite of household income, parents’ education level, and parents’ occupational prestige.  The test variables are also statistical composites.  Analyses at the item-source level remain a future matter.  Racially/ethnically, the sample... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1248-1255
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11147, Date Accessed: 4/14/2021 6:54:27 AM

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  • Dick Schutz
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    DICK SCHUTZ is President of 3RsPlus, Inc. a firm conducting R&D and constructing educational products.He was formerly Professor of Educational Psychology at Arizona State University and Executive Director of the Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development. He has served as the founding editor of the Journal of Educational Measurement, the founding journal editor of the Educational Researcher, and editor of the American Educational Research Journal.
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