September 2, 2014

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School districts to screen incoming kindergarteners for key learning skills

Within the first few weeks of school, every Kentucky kindergartener is being screened for school readiness - the results of which will provide a vast amount of valuable information to assist teachers, schools, families, child care providers and preschools in preparing Kentucky’s youngest students for success.

Governor Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday announced that every school district will utilize the Brigance Kindergarten Screener, a tool used by many states to gauge a child’s preparedness for school.  During last year’s pilot program, 109 school districts voluntarily used the screener, which helps teachers and schools target the best ways to meet the needs of each child in the classroom.

“Kentucky is proud to be implementing a common kindergarten screener that considers the whole child,” said Gov. Beshear. “With the implementation of the screener, we will now have data to inform and build upon the work in early childhood that has taken place in Kentucky for more than 20 years.”