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Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 03/23/2011

More Md. students kindergarten-ready

New figures show 81 percent of kindergarten students in Maryland have the skills they will need to be successful in school.

The Maryland Department of Education's Ready to Learn report shows a 32 percentage-point jump in the number of children ready for kindergarten over the past decade since the state pushed to increase early childhood programs and full-day kindergarten. The report looks at students' academic and social skills needed for school.

In Prince George's County, the number of students deemed ready to learn in kindergarten jumped to 79 percent from 68 percent last year. Montgomery County, however, was down two percentage points from last year, with 74 percent of students showing kindergarten-readiness.

Suburban school districts near Baltimore have exceeded the state average. In Harford, Howard, Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties, at least 85 percent of students were ready to learn in kindergarten.

In Baltimore City, only 67 percent of students were on target. Still, that was an 18 percentage-point increase over last year.

By Associated Press  |  12:34 PM ET, 03/23/2011

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