April 18, 2014

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New kindergarten screening vital

Kentucky schools have routinely screened children around the time they enter kindergarten in order to establish a performance baseline for each child and to prepare teachers to better meet individual needs right from the start. A quick screening of children's developmental abilities and their ability to adapt to the structure of the school setting provides invaluable diagnostic information for kindergarten teachers.  The goal of screening is to prepare teachers to meet each child “where they are” when they arrive on their road to mastery of kindergarten content and to establish a foundation for continued success in elementary school and beyond.

Fortunately, Kentucky is taking steps to implement one common kindergarten readiness screener accompanied by best-practice guidelines for all schools. This is a collaborative effort between the Governor's Office of Early Childhood and the Kentucky Department of Education and is directly tied to the recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Early Childhood Development and Education and the Transforming Education in Kentucky Task Force.