Report: 80 percent of kindergartners school-ready in Montgomery, 73 in Prince George’s

Maryland was among the first states to administer a comprehensive test of skills for kindergarten students. The assessment gives educators and policymakers a picture of where students are and what the achievement gap looks like at the starting line.

Results have helped inform policy decisions in Maryland over the past decade that led to universal full-day kindergarten and publicly funded pre-kindergarten available for all children from low-income families.

The test, called the Maryland Model for School Readiness, is based on observations from teachers in the first months of school and measures children’s abilities in seven areas: Social and Personal Development, Physical Development, Scientific Thinking, Mathematical Thinking, Language and Literacy, Social Studies, and the Arts.

Here are some results for the most recent report from the 2012-13 school year:

In Montgomery County, 80 percent of all kindergartners are school-ready, up from 61 percent in 2001-2002.

That includes 76 percent of African American kindergartners, 71 percent of Hispanic kindergartners and 70 percent of those from low-income families.

Of those who attended public pre-kindergarten programs, 81 percent were school ready.

In Prince George’s County, 73 percent of all kindergartners are school-ready, up from 36 percent in 2001-2002,

That includes 78 percent of African American kindergartners, 63 percent of Hispanic kindergartners and 71 percent of those from low-income families.

Of those who attended public pre-kindergarten programs, 79 percent were school-ready.

Statewide, 82 percent kindergartners are school-ready, up from 49 percent in 2001-2002.

That includes 79 percent of African American kindergartners, 71 percent of Hispanic kindergartners and 76 percent of those from low-income households.

Of those who attended public pre-kindergarten programs, 83 percent are school-ready

Michael Alison Chandler writes about schools and families in Northern Virginia.
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