Exploring Teacher Perceptions on the Validity of Kindergarten Entrance Assessments: A Qualitative Study

Exploring Teacher Perceptions on the Validity of Kindergarten Entrance Assessments: A Qualitative Study

Author: 
Natalia A. Reynoso-Easley
Program of study: 
Ed.D./CI
Abstract: 
The purpose of this qualitative study was to collect and synthesize teacher perceptions on the validity of kindergarten entrance assessments. This study used Seidman’s three-phase interview model to obtain feedback from seven kindergarten teachers in Arkansas’s Jacksonville North Pulaski School District who have taught in the previous five years. Using a qualitative method was most appropriate, since this method deeply explores the contributing factors that share a relation to the identified problem, in this case as viewed by kindergarten teachers. This study concluded what kindergarten expectations are in this district, the challenges faced involving newly enrolled students, the frequency of new students not ready, how educators visualize this issue, resolution found, academic differences amongst preschool led versus non-preschool led students, how this district measures kindergarten readiness, and teacher thoughts relative to entrance testing. This study concluded that entrance testing should be implemented and designed to assess new learners academically, emotionally, socially, and behaviorally.
Dedication: 
I would like to dedicate this work to my husband, John C. Easley Jr. He has always supported me throughout my professional and personal goals. I would also like to dedicate this work to my daughter, Jada M. Easley. She too, has always supported me and continues to make me proud every day. I would have never come this far in completing my goals if it were not for their constant love and support throughout this journey.
Acknowledgements: 
I would like to thank the University of Phoenix for allowing me this opportunity. I would like to thank Dr. Bradley Johnson for stepping up at the last minute to fulfill the role as my chairperson. Thank you for being patient and working with me throughout this process. I would like to thank Dr. Ann Blomquist for fulfilling the role as my committee member. Thank you for picking me up when I was down and believing in me. You have always been a constant supporter from the beginning. I would also like to thank Dr. Stephanie Ferguson for stepping up to fulfill the role as my second committee member. Thank you for always keeping me in a positive spirit and thank you for your constant motivation. I would also like to thank my entire circle of family and friends. I could have never reached my goals in life without your constant love and support. I will forever be grateful for all of you. You have made a tremendous impact on my life and I appreciate you!