2018 Kindergarten Assessment Results Show Progress, but Challenges Remain

State and local school system results of Maryland’s 2018 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) reveal that incoming students are continuing to make strides in their preparation.

A new report, released this week by the Maryland State Board of Education, found that 47 percent of the State’s kindergarteners had demonstrated readiness, meaning students they were fully prepared to participate in the kindergarten curriculum. This compares to 45 percent in 2017-18 and 43 percent in 2016-17.

According to a press release:

While State results show progress, they also show there is much to do:

  • The majority of kindergarteners—53 percent—do not demonstrate all the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to be successful when entering school.
  • 33 percent of the students are approaching readiness (the student displays some of the foundational skills and behaviors that prepare him/her for curriculum based on the kindergarten standards).
  • 20 percent of the students are emerging readiness (the student displays minimal foundational skills and behaviors that prepare him/her for curriculum based on the kindergarten standards).

Below is the percent of kindergarten students who began the year demonstrating readiness by jurisdiction.

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The school readiness information for 2018-2019 is available online at https://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org and at www.readyatfive.org.

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