Inequality at the Kindergarten Starting Gate and Quality at the ECLS-K Starting Gatereviewed by Dick Schutz — 2003
“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.) Title:
Inequality at the Kindergarten Starting Gate and Quality at the ECLS-K Starting GateAuthor(s):
Valerie E. Lee and David BurkamPublisher:
Economic Policy Institute, WashingtonISBN:
2002Search for book at Amazon.com
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- Dick Schutz
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.