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Digest of Education Statistics: 2006
Digest of Education Statistics: 2006

NCES 2007-017
July 2007


Table 47. Percentage distribution of kindergarten teachers and parents indicating the importance of various factors for kindergarten readiness, by control: Fall 1998 
Teacher and parent
perception of student skills
Perception of importance for parents and teachers of public kindergarten children Perception of importance for parents and teachers of private kindergarten children
Not
important
Not very important Somewhat important Very
important
Essential Not
important
Not very important Somewhat important Very
important
Essential
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Kindergarten teachers1                                         
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 parents2                                         
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.)