School Readiness/Kindergarten

Kindergarten is an important time of transition for children and parents.  The Department of Education provides information for parents, early childhood and parenting educators, care givers and community members so that children are fully-prepared to begin their formal education.  MDE has also provided strategies and resources to help families and others support students as they enter kindergarten. Parent information, webinars and podcasts about how to help prepare their child for kindergarten entry are available on the www.MNParentsKnow.info website. 

2012 School Readiness Assessment Shows More Minnesota Children Ready for Kindergarten Than Ever Before!
The School Readiness Assessment looks at Minnesota children during the first eight weeks of kindergarten, offering a statewide sample of entering students. The skills, knowledge and accomplishments measured include: personal and social development, language and literacy, mathematical thinking, physical development and the arts. The 2012 School Readiness Assessment Study is available for download below.

School Readiness Study Revision
To ensure every single child begins school on a path for success, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) must not only invest in expanding access to high-quality early learning opportunities, but also must continuously assess our efforts.

A critical piece of this work is identifying how prepared for school success children are as they enter kindergarten. MDE is revising the decade-long School Readiness Study. Based on feedback from administrators and teachers, the study is being revised to include a menu of assessment tools and will report on school readiness based on standards, as opposed to one tool. A one-page handout and a frequently asked questions document about the revision pilot are available below. 

School Readiness Program
School Readiness is a public school program available to Minnesota children, age 3 years to kindergarten enrollment who meet certain eligibility requirements. Any of the following factors influence eligibility: age, family income, being an English language learner or having an Individualized Education Program. Children may also be identified to participate in the program through the Early Childhood Screening program. School districts offer this and other early childhood education programs and services unique to the needs of children and the resources in their communities.

The purpose of a School Readiness program is to prepare children to enter kindergarten. The goal of School Readiness is to help preschoolers enter school with the skills and behaviors necessary to be successful in future learning.

It is a priority of School Readiness to involve parents in their child’s learning and education. Research has shown that early childhood programs that involve parents and children working together are more effective than programs that only focus on the child. Involving families early encourages parents to play a more active role throughout their child’s education. Find the contact information for the School Readiness program in your school district.

Assessing the Validity of School Readiness Indicators is a new report developed by the Human Capital Research Collaborative. View the Assessing Validity report on the HCRC website.