Are Maryland Kids Ready for Kindergarten?

The “Readiness Matters” Report shows under than half of Maryland children are ready for kindergarten at entry age

An annual report on student readiness for kindergarten shows sobering results for Maryland – where just under half of kindergarten-aged children reach that classroom “ready.”

A summary of the statewide data, from the “Ready at Five” website:

Maryland’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) is a developmentally appropriate observational and assessment tool administered to kindergarteners in the fall of each year that measures school readiness in four domains. Overall readiness levels, as well scale scores in each domain and by specific subgroups, are reported statewide and for each of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions.

Maryland’s 2018-2019 KRA Data Show:

– 47% of Maryland kindergarteners demonstrate readiness, up from 45% in 2017-2018.

– A significant number of Maryland’s children (20%) display minimal foundational skills and behaviors and require substantial assistance and differentiated instruction, as well as targeted supports or interventions to be successful in kindergarten.

Results separated by 24 jurisdictions

Access the full report online at Ready at Five.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties
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