Pilot Pre-Kindergarten Program to Be Evaluated

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Sanchez says the plan for the Pre-K program was to have one classroom per school and expand to four schools each year. If the program was to expand next school year, GDOE says they’re thinking of implementing Pre-K at Adacao, Daniel L. Perez, Inarajan and PC Lujan Elementary Schools.

Guam – The Guam Department of Education’s pilot Pre-Kindergarten program will be undergoing evaluations soon to see where the program stands right now and how it can be improved.

 

At a round-table discussion this morning at the Guam Legislature, lawmakers wanted to find out how GDOE will be evaluating the program. GDOE officials says they will conduct teacher observations in the coming weeks, collect surveys from parents, teachers, and school administrators, and work closely with the Research, Planning and Evaluation Office to begin to design the program evaluation. According to DOE Division of Research, Planning and Evaluation Administrator Zenaida Natividad, they will be taking a look at the following topics: Collaboration Among Key Stakeholders, Administrator Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness, Instructional Program, Learning Environment, and Family Involvement. According to public law, the GDOE Superintendent shall conduct an evaluation of the Early Childhood Education pilot program over a period of three years. The evaluation results shall be submitted annually to the Legislature and shall be considered prior to an expansion or continuation of the program.

GDOE Deputy Superintendent Joe Sanchez explains that although the department was supportive of the universal Pre-K, they wanted to pilot the program in four schools before expanding. “We wanted to keep it small so we would know what the implementation challenges would be if we’re going to do it at a larger scale. There were discussions of a universal Pre-K. Although we were supportive, we know we’d encounter challenges. We support this but we know if we went full force for all four year olds, that would’ve been very challenging. We’d have structural and funding problems. We would not have been prepared to provide the quality we provided here,” he says.