Tests find many WA kids not ready for kindergarten

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington education officials who are struggling to help high school students pass a statewide math exam may want to take a close look at the first results from a new kindergarten readiness test.

The new assessment is designed to help kindergarten teachers better understand the strengths and weaknesses of their incoming students. It is one part of a new approach to welcoming new students that also includes individual parent-teacher meetings before school starts.

When the fall 2012 kindergarten test results are seen as a group, however, the data shows many 5- and 6-year-olds do not have the skills expected for kids entering school.

The biggest deficit is math. Only 52 percent of the 21,811 kids tested have the math abilities they are expected to have when they start school.


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