Lori Schaap

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education

First Advisor

Patricia C. Kornelis


This action research study investigated the correlations between kindergarten readiness screening scores and kindergarten academic success, kindergarten social success, and third grade academic success. The participants included eighteen students who were given a readiness screening prior to kindergarten entry. These participants continued to be enrolled in the same school and were given a standardized academic test at the end of third grade. Additionally, kindergarten screening scores were compared to teacher surveys rating the participants’ academic and social ability in kindergarten. The screening scores were also compared to find if a correlation existed between the kindergarten screening scores and the third grade standardized test scores. The screening scores were divided into high, middle, and low groups and were compared to the third grade test scores. The results suggested a trend that the third grade participant academic scores remained in the high and/or middle group, or low group as was their initial kindergarten readiness screening score. The compiled results of this study suggest that a kindergarten readiness screening is a useful tool in identifying students who likely will remain in the top two-thirds of their class on a third grade standardized test, as well as those students who may need additional academic support throughout their school years.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education