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OSPI Releases New Data on Kindergarten Readiness

Knowing the student’s development prior to entering Kindergarten helps teachers focus individual instruction

OLYMPIA — March 2, 2017 — Knowing how ready students are for kindergarten helps teachers prepare them for success in school and in life.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) today released analytics that show results from the most recent Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS). The inventory, given to most kindergartners, consists of three parts: connecting with the student’s family, an assessment and collaboration with early learning experts to improve student learning.

The assessment is conducted by teachers, and the analytics show the results of those assessments. Student’s abilities in six areas are observed: social-emotional, physical, cognitive, language, literacy and math.

Statewide, about three out of every four students (76.1 percent) demonstrated knowledge and skills expected of entering kindergartners in at least four of the six areas. About two out of every three students (66.0 percent) demonstrated the knowledge and skills expected of entering kindergartners in math, the lowest percentage of the six areas.

“If possible, parents should read to their children every night,” said Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “It’s just as important to teach them basic math skills, like counting and helping them recognize shapes.”

“With this data work, we are able to get very specific about where we need to target our resources,” Reykdal said. “It’s exciting that we are able to pinpoint problem areas so our schools can help each and every student become the best student they can be.”

This is the first year that OSPI has compiled kindergarten preparedness analytics. It is part of the agency’s “Performance Indicators – Data and Analytics” work designed to help the state and school districts make data-informed decisions. As new data sets are released, they are posted on the OSPI Data and Analytics webpage.

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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Chris Reykdal, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and improve student achievement on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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Nathan Olson
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   Updated 3/2/2017

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