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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

 _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ |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.)

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