Thesis Title

Understanding the Appropriateness of Standards on Kindergarten Achievement in California: A Developmental Perspective

Graduation Date

Fall 2006

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name


Program Director

Madalienne F. Peters, EdD


With the California educational system putting a greater emphasis on increasing academic standards in early childhood education, kindergarten students will be affected. In particular, there has been a statewide push toward increasing literacy by enforcing more rigorous language arts expectations for kindergarten entrance and the kindergarten year. Therefore, the purpose of this literature review is to explore the appropriateness of this increased standard’s movement relative to the developmental perspectives about children’s cognitive growth. Specifically, this review identifies the theories and research that stress the significance of understanding the development of cognition and learning in children as a foundation for creating and implementing appropriate educational practices and standards to achieve optimal academic success in kindergarten children in California.

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