Table 48. Percent of public school kindergarten teachers indicating theimportance of various factors for kindergarten readiness: Spring 1993

 ______________________________________________________________________________________________ | | | | | | Percent rating readiness | | | | | |factor as "Very important" or Kindergarten readiness |Not at| Not |Some- | Very |Essen-|"Essential," by percentage of factors | all | very | what |impor-| tial |school's students eligible for |impor-|impor-|impor-| tant | |free or reduced-price lunches | tant | tant | tant | | |_______________________________ | | | | | |Less than |20 to 49 |50 percent | | | | | |20 percent| percent | or more ___________________________|______|______|______|______|______|__________|_________|__________ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 ___________________________|______|______|______|______|______|__________|_________|__________ Is physically healthy, | | | | | | | | rested, well nourished ..| 0 |(\1\) | 4 | 24 | 72 | 97 | 95 | 95 Finishes tasks ............| 3 | 11 | 47 | 31 | 9 | 43 | 40 | 37 Can count to 20 or more ...| 33 | 34 | 26 | 5 | 3 | 8 | 6 | 9 Takes turns and shares ....| 2 | 8 | 34 | 37 | 19 | 64 | 55 | 52 Has good problem-solving | | | | | | | | skills ..................| 8 | 23 | 44 | 20 | 5 | 29 | 23 | 23 | | | | | | | | Is enthusiastic and | | | | | | | | curious in approaching | | | | | | | | new activities ..........| 1 | 3 | 19 | 43 | 33 | 83 | 76 | 73 Is able to use pencils | | | | | | | | or paint brushes ........| 15 | 27 | 38 | 16 | 5 | 23 | 21 | 19 Is not disruptive of the | | | | | | | | class ...................| 2 | 8 | 30 | 36 | 24 | 61 | 58 | 61 Knows the English | | | | | | | | language ................| 13 | 12 | 33 | 24 | 17 | 40 | 45 | 39 Is sensitive to other | | | | | | | | children's feelings .....| 1 | 6 | 35 | 41 | 17 | 61 | 58 | 56 | | | | | | | | Sits still and pays | | | | | | | | attention ...............| 3 | 12 | 43 | 30 | 12 | 46 | 37 | 43 Knows the letters of the | | | | | | | | alphabet ................| 27 | 30 | 33 | 6 | 4 | 7 | 9 | 13 Can follow directions .....| 2 | 7 | 31 | 41 | 19 | 61 | 61 | 58 Identifies primary | | | | | | | | colors and basic shapes .| 13 | 24 | 40 | 17 | 7 | 22 | 21 | 27 Communicates needs, wants, | | | | | | | | and thoughts verbally in | | | | | | | | child's primary language | 1 | 1 | 15 | 41 | 43 | 85 | 84 | 83 ___________________________|______|______|______|______|______|__________|_________|__________

 \1\Less than 0.5 percent. SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Kindergarten Teacher Survey on Student Readiness. (This table was prepared April 1994.)