Worcester Tops State in Kindergarten Readiness

Worcester Tops State in Kindergarten Readiness
Posted on 01/22/2019

In newly released data, Worcester County Public Schools has topped the State of Maryland once again - this time, in kindergarten readiness. 

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) data released today shows that 66 percent of Worcester County's kindergarteners demonstrated readiness during the first few months of school - well above the State's average of 47 percent. This news is also notable, as Worcester County operates non-mandated, half-day Pre-Kindergarten programs and still outperformed all other school systems, including those with full-day Pre-Kindergarten programs. 

The full press release from the State Department of Education is below. 

BALTIMORE (January 22, 2019) – State and local school system results of Maryland's 2018 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) reveal that incoming students are continuing to make strides in their preparation.

A new report, released today before the Maryland State Board of Education, found that 47 percent of the State’s kindergarteners had demonstrated readiness. This means that the students were fully prepared to participate in the kindergarten curriculum. This compares to 45 percent in 2017-18 and 43 percent in 2016-17.

“Every step we take in kindergarten readiness leads to a big, important leap in student success,” said Dr. Karen Salmon, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools. “Continued focus on quality early learning in our State may be the greatest investment we can make.”

The KRA was administered by all kindergarten teachers between the beginning of the school year and October 10, 2018. Items on the assessment measure students' mastery of the end of the year Prekindergarten skills, knowledge, and behaviors across four domains: Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Social Foundations, and Physical Well-being and Motor Development.

School systems are given the choice of whether to administer the assessment to all of their kindergarten students or to a sample of students in each kindergarten classroom. Fourteen school systems administered the KRA to all kindergarten students. Nine systems administered the KRA to all kindergarten students in specific schools and to a sample in others. One school system administered the KRA to a sample in all schools.

While State results show progress, they also show there is much to do:

 - The majority of kindergarteners—53 percent—do not demonstrate all the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to be successful when entering school.
 - 33 percent of the students are approaching readiness (the student displays some of the foundational skills and behaviors that prepare him/her for curriculum based on the kindergarten standards).
 - 20 percent of the students are emerging readiness (the student displays minimal foundational skills and behaviors that prepare him/her for curriculum based on the kindergarten standards).

The school readiness information for school year 2018-2019 is available online at https://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.or and at www.readyatfive.org. Below is the percent of kindergarten students who began the year demonstrating readiness by jurisdiction.

Table 1: Overall Results for the 2018-19 KRA for Maryland and the LEAs

District_ID

District_Name

Demonstrating

Approaching

Emerging

All

Maryland

47%

33%

20%

1

Allegany

41%

33%

26%

2

Anne Arundel

48%

33%

18%

3

Baltimore County

49%

32%

19%

4

Calvert

45%

40%

15%

5

Caroline

45%

39%

16%

6

Carroll

61%

30%

9%

7

Cecil

32%

42%

26%

8

Charles

40%

40%

20%

9

Dorchester

40%

39%

20%

10

Frederick

59%

29%

12%

11

Garrett

55%

32%

13%

12

Harford

43%

38%

19%

13

Howard

56%

31%

13%

14

Kent

53%

29%

18%

15

Montgomery

54%

28%

18%

16

Prince George's

39%

32%

29%

17

Queen Anne's

57%

31%

11%

18

St. Mary's

42%

38%

20%

19

Somerset

60%

25%

15%

20

Talbot

42%

41%

17%

21

Washington

43%

33%

25%

22

Wicomico

41%

36%

23%

23

Worcester

66%

26%

8%

30

Baltimore City

39%

36%

26%

  

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