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South Carolina schools to begin evaluating kindergartners

Posted: July 26, 2017 - 12:11am

With the school year rapidly approaching, kindergartners in Aiken County and statewide will undergo a newly adopted assessment on their readiness in categories such as math and motor development.

The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, approved by the South Carolina Legislature this year, will be done during the first 45 days of the school year.

The assessment will begin Aug. 28 and end in late October, according to an Aiken County Public Schools news release.

"Information the assessment provides will offer a comprehensive view of a student's readiness for kindergarten instruction and provide the foundation for teachers to meet the individual learning needs of each student," Aiken County Public Schools Director of Assessment and Accountability Kate Olin said in a statement.

Aiken County teachers and literacy coaches will receive training on all aspects of the assessment.

Olin stated that most of the evaluation will be conducted in a teacher's daily observations and not interfere with instruction in the classroom.

The assessment will not rank students by ability and will not label them gifted or challenged students but will allow teachers to understand students better as individual learners, according to the statement.

The information collected will be shared with parents during parent/teacher conferences in October and assist teachers and parents as they work together to help students.

"The assessment is designed for all students, and the 45-day assessment period will allow them to display what they have learned during the first weeks of instruction," Olin commented. "If they cannot do something one week, they will often do it just a few short weeks later."

For additional information on the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, visit www.acpsd.net/OAA and click on Student and Parent Resources in the left-hand column.

 

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