Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development


This study examined whether there was a statistically significant difference between the reading readiness skills in first grade of students who attended preschool and students who did not attend preschool. The researcher compiled a list of students in first grade who attended preschool. Another group of students in first grade was randomly selected. The Emergent Literacy Survey (ELS) was administered to all students within the first two weeks of their first grade year. The average score for each group was compared using a t test. The results of the t test show there is no statistically significant difference in mean scores on the Emergent Literacy Survey between first graders who attended preschool and first graders who had not attended preschool.