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Table 50. Percentage distribution of kindergarten teachers and parents indicating the importance of various factors for kindergarten readiness, by control: Fall 1998

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                                 |Perception of importance for parents and teachers|      Perception of importance for parents and
                                 |          public kindergarten children           |         teachers of private school children
Teacher and parent               |_________________________________________________|_________________________________________________
perception of student skills     |      Not| Not very| Somewhat|     Very|         |      Not| Not very| Somewhat|     Very|
                                 |important|important|important|important|Essential|important|important|important|important|Essential
_________________________________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________
1                                |       2 |       3 |       4 |       5 |       6 |       7 |       8 |       9 |      10 |      11
_________________________________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________
Kindergarten teachers\1\         |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |
  Can count to 20 or more .......| 12 (0.7)| 38 (1.3)| 36 (1.2)| 11 (0.7)|  2 (0.3)| 10 (2.0)| 37 (3.1)| 34 (3.0)| 12 (2.0)|  6 (2.3)
  Knows most of the alphabet ....|  9 (0.7)| 30 (1.2)| 43 (1.2)| 14 (0.9)|  4 (0.5)|  6 (1.4)| 26 (2.8)| 41 (2.7)| 19 (2.6)|  8 (2.3)
  Takes turns and shares ........|  #   ()|  1 (0.2)| 25 (1.1)| 58 (1.4)| 16 (1.0)|  #   ()|  1 (0.4)| 25 (2.5)| 58 (3.2)| 16 (2.4)
  Sits still and pays attention .|  1 (0.2)|  4 (0.4)| 36 (1.4)| 47 (1.3)| 13 (0.8)|  1 (0.5)|  3 (1.1)| 35 (3.8)| 52 (3.1)| 10 (2.7)
  Is able to use pencils and     |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |
     paint brushes ..............|  4 (0.5)| 14 (0.9)| 47 (1.3)| 29 (1.5)|  6 (0.5)|  5 (1.4)| 12 (2.2)| 42 (3.1)| 32 (3.3)|  9 (2.5)
                                 |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |
Kindergarten parents\2\          |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |
  Can count to 20 or more .......|  1 (0.1)|  6 (0.3)| 30 (0.6)| 46 (0.7)| 17 (0.4)|  2 (0.2)|  9 (0.6)| 33 (1.0)| 35 (1.1)| 21 (1.0)
  Knows most of the alphabet ....|  1 (0.1)|  4 (0.3)| 25 (0.6)| 51 (0.8)| 19 (0.4)|  1 (0.2)|  7 (0.6)| 29 (1.1)| 41 (1.0)| 22 (1.0)
  Takes turns and shares ........|  #   ()| #   () |  5 (0.2)| 63 (0.6)| 32 (0.6)|  #   ()| #   () |  7 (0.5)| 55 (1.0)| 38 (0.9)
  Sits still and pays attention .|  #   ()|  1 (0.1)| 14 (0.5)| 60 (0.6)| 25 (0.5)|  #   ()|  2 (0.3)| 22 (1.1)| 51 (0.9)| 25 (0.8)
  Is able to use pencils and     |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |         |
     paint brushes ..............|  #   ()|  2 (0.2)| 23 (0.5)| 53 (0.7)| 21 (0.4)|  #   ()|  3 (0.4)| 27 (1.0)| 43 (1.1)| 26 (0.9)
_________________________________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________|_________

†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.
\1\Estimates pertaining to teachers are based on the responses of a nationally representative sample of kindergarten children's teachers.
\2\Estimates pertaining to parents are based on the responses of a nationally representative sample of kindergarten children's parents.

NOTE: Standard errors appear in parentheses. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K), fall 1998, unpublished tabulations. (This table was prepared September 2001.)