Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Jeanne L. Surface


The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of public school preschool, private school preschool, and no preschool attendance on kindergarten students’ academic achievement as measured by fall, winter, and spring Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Test scores. The independent variable conditions for the study were the research district’s kindergarten students who attended the research district’s school-wide preschool program, who attend a formal private preschool program and who did not attend a preschool program. The studies dependent variables are academic achievement. Achievement data was analyzed using the following dependent measures: reading skills, math skills, as measured on the Measures of Academic Progress Assessment that is given to all kindergarten students in the research district in the fall, winter, and spring.


A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska in Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education. Copyright 2014 Matthew W. Fenster.

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