Kindergarten Readiness

1>> In 1995, the National Education Goals Panel (NEGP) defined school readiness and conceptualized five dimensions of development that are critical to a child’s readiness for school. Since the NEGP’s declaration in 1990 that all children would enter school ready to learn by the year 2000 and the subsequent conceptualization of the five readiness components in 1995, several state and national studies have been conducted to explore what measures were important to teachers, and to determine the extent to which children were meeting those measures.

...Using the NEGP framework of readiness as a template, ASR and the Peninsula Partnership for Children, Youth and Families led key stakeholders through the identification of relevant and measurable readiness skills. The Kindergarten Observation Form was born, representing the core set of 20 readiness skills that reflected a range from minimum competencies, such as Performs basic self-help /self-care tasks , to higher-level skills (e.g., Recognizes letters of the alphabet).

Most children in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties enter kindergarten ready to learn. Seventy-four percent of San Mateo County and 62 percent of Santa Clara County kindergartners walk through their kindergarten doors at least on par with teacher expectations for readiness.

... only 50 percent of children in Santa Clara County meet Self-Regulation expectations?

4>> http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml?id=225600045 August 29, 2008 Gates Foundation Awards $2 Million to Washington State School Districts According to the foundation, fewer than 50 percent of Washington children enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school, while among the lowest-income classrooms in the state only 25 percent of children are ready.