Friday, April 18, 2008

Minnesota Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

Earlier this month, the Minnesota Department of Education released the results from the 2007 Minnesota School Readiness Study. This is the fifth year of the study. You can view and download the report from MDE here. The study assess how ready children are for kindergarten in five domains:
  • Physical Development and Health
  • The Arts
  • Personal and Social Development
  • Language and Literacy
  • Mathematical Thinking
Children are rated as Proficient, In Process, and Not Yet in expressing competence in these domains.

Ready 4 K has released a statement responding to the fact that we are seeing fewer kids rated as Proficient in the 2007 study versus 2006.

You'll note that the domains in the School Readiness Study are closely aligned with the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress. Check out the series we are continuing on the ECIPS, including an introduction, social and emotional development, and approaches to learning.

What do you think? Do you have any comments on the MDE study? Has your program or district participated in assessing young children?