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What does it mean to be ready for academics? How is the standard determined?
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This handout is from the National Association of School Psychologists directed at parents.  It discusses how school readiness looks and ways that parents can distinguish high quality preschools.  

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Make school readiness tests worthwhile

Make school readiness tests worthwhile | School Readiness | Scoop.it

While language skills are indeed crucial elements in a child's academic success, the strongest indicators of long-term success in school and life are social-emotional skills. These skills include self-regulation, task persistence, problem-solving and conflict resolution.

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Judy Barberree Senzamici's comment, October 31, 2012 9:30 PM
I agree with this article. It is so important for the students to have necessary social-emotional skills in order to be successful in school. We do tend to focus just on the academics that are tested.
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Student-Ready Schools

Student-Ready Schools | School Readiness | Scoop.it

This article focuses on examining children from a view point other than a deficit model.  The authors discuss the notion of schools being ready for children, not the opposite.  They discuss the "at promise" viewpoint with which ready schools view children, swaying from the more comman "at risk" view.

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Jennifer Ward's comment, September 26, 2012 4:35 PM
I appreciate the standpoint of not seeing our students as coming in with a deficit. Many times the reasons a student in struggling is largely in response to the culture of the school, or style in which information is being presented to them. More internal reflection of how we can change is needed, not always blaming the families etc.
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NIEER Policy Statement-Prepared for Kindergarten: What Does “Readiness” Mean?

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What Every Kindergartner Should Master Before School Begins

What Every Kindergartner Should Master Before School Begins | School Readiness | Scoop.it
Is your child ready? Here are five essentials.
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Lissa Ledbetter's comment, September 17, 2012 2:10 PM
Stephanie- This is such an interesting and "loaded" topic, as you will discover (if you haven't already)! ;) Ultimately, some of the questions at stake here revolve around whose definition of "readiness" we are using as a measuring stick. One answer is that we tend to use white, middle class standards. One argument is that using this narrow set of standards to evaluate the "readiness" of all children, regardless of cultural background, creates "deficit model" thinking about students who are not from the white, middle class. It is an interesting exercise to think about how other cultural groups might define "readiness" and ask yourself how you or your white, middle class children would feel if they were held to those standards, and subsequently likely labeled "unready" for school.
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Mountain View Online : Transitional kindergarten eases youngest children into the classroom

Mountain View Online : Transitional kindergarten eases youngest children into the classroom | School Readiness | Scoop.it
A lot can happen in a year. Ann Hanneman knows this from both personal experience and the short time she has spent teaching transitional kindergarten in Mountain View.
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What does it mean to be ready for kindergarten?

What does it mean to be ready for kindergarten? | School Readiness | Scoop.it
When kindergarteners take their seats for the first time this year, some already will know how to read and others will have never picked up a book. Some will sit quietly and follow directions while others will struggle to sit in their chairs.
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Oregon Set to Pilot New Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Process

Oregon Set to Pilot New Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Process | School Readiness | Scoop.it
Education Week staff writer Lesli A. Maxwell and contributing writer Julie Rasicot are reporters and bloggers with a long track record of covering education.
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Improving School Readiness: A Brief Report from the Palm Beach County Family Study | Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

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KIDS_release.pdf

"We do not have a commonly defined baseline for evaluating children’s progress in kindergarten and we have no data which, collected on an ongoing basis, can inform classroom instruction or help improve school readiness statewide.”

 

This is not a new press release, however, I found this groups stance is an interesting one.

 

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Kindergarten readiness focus of 'community conversation' Tuesday

Kindergarten readiness focus of 'community conversation' Tuesday | School Readiness | Scoop.it

A very brief article that focuses on one cities focus on redefining readiness based on those opinions within their community

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Hessa Alsuhail's comment, October 17, 2012 11:09 PM
That’s really a nice step. I believe that the definition of “school readiness” should be constructed by multiple perspectives. In addition to the children themselves, parents, teachers, educators, researchers and all those interested in children’s readiness should work collaboratively. Listening to different thoughts, beliefs, values, and understandings could lead to enhancing the practices related to “readiness” and could help parents and teachers set some “realistic” expectations for children. I would really like to know how it went, what were the key results, and whether they were able to establish a common definition for readiness!
Lissa Ledbetter's comment, October 24, 2012 2:43 PM
This is a great idea. I love the idea of working together to define something that is relevant for your own community. There is a piece of me that wonders, however, how this looks in practice. It sounds like various members of the community weren't on the same page- teachers, parents, etc. How long did it take them to reach a consensus? Were there fist fights or was it relatively harmonious? How did the group reach a compromise?
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Five-year-olds put to the test as kindergarten exams gain steam

Five-year-olds put to the test as kindergarten exams gain steam | School Readiness | Scoop.it
The littlest students are getting used to the blocks table and the dress-up corner — and that staple of American public education, the standardized test.

 

"ACT will soon roll out college- and career-readiness exams for kids age 8 through 18 and Weeks said developing similar tests for younger ages is "high on our agenda." 

 

 

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Judy Barberree Senzamici's comment, November 14, 2012 3:01 PM
Are these college and career readiness exams being created because of the Common Core?
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Tests for kindergartners on their first days in school: Oregon piloting a system to screen every pupil's readiness

Tests for kindergartners on their first days in school: Oregon piloting a system to screen every pupil's readiness | School Readiness | Scoop.it
Sixteen Oregon schools are testing out the system to screen every kindergartner for key skills that lead to school success. Next fall, every kindergartner in the state will be assessed.
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Hessa Alsuhail's comment, October 3, 2012 3:49 PM
I felt sad once I read “tests” and “kindergarteners”! However, that feeling has disappeared after reading the article. Although I believe in the importance of identifying the child’s needs at the beginning of his/her school journey, I believe that what’s more important is the ways that the child is being assessed with. The only concern is building judgments on the child’s skills and abilities unconsciously based on these screens and tests.
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BTJPrimaryInterest.pdf

This article discusses what it means to be a "ready school".

"A ready school is a comprehensive vision of what a school can do to ensure that all children who enter its doors will fulfill their potential as learners"

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Lack of access to pre-k will affect all of Alabama (your word)

Lack of access to pre-k will affect all of Alabama (your word) | School Readiness | Scoop.it
Alabama’s high-quality First Class pre-k program, which is funded by the state, only serves 6 percent of our 4-year-olds. Just another 16 percent of Alabama 4-year-olds and 9 percent of 3-year-olds attend the federal Head Start pre-k program.
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Megan Cross's comment, September 18, 2012 4:43 PM
I can only imagine what it must be like for the children who enter into kindergarten without any type of prekindergarten experience. This article reminds me that we as a people are not addressing our future. We have lost our sense of value in this case.
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Goal of school readiness needs to be re-examined

Goal of school readiness needs to be re-examined | School Readiness | Scoop.it
Re: "It's tough to start kindergarten already behind," Aug. 25.
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Judy's comment, September 18, 2012 11:28 PM
I like the way that the author said the focus should be on individualized learning. Just as a typical Kindergarten classroom will have some tall 5 year olds and some short 5 year old, students will be at different levels in their learning.
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Transitional Kindergarten Offered for First Time as Students Head Back to School

Transitional Kindergarten Offered for First Time as Students Head Back to School | School Readiness | Scoop.it
The new legislation "will get kids off to a strong start at no additional cost to the state," according to the bill's author, State Senator Joe Simitian.
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Lori Rakes's comment, September 19, 2012 8:46 AM
Well, at least someone recognized that there would be a problem that the gap left. I wonder if this will be something that the school district would consider keeping. I can definitely see the benefits.
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Can Extreme Shyness Impact a Preschooler's Readiness for Kindergarten?

Can Extreme Shyness Impact a Preschooler's Readiness for Kindergarten? | School Readiness | Scoop.it
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Judy Barberree Senzamici's comment, October 2, 2012 8:38 PM
This is a great article to share with teacher candidates. After their first day in field studies the college students are able to remember some student names; the outgoing students or students that get into trouble. We need to remind the college students to not ignore the quiet students. Since classrooms use engaging activities and interactions, extremely shy students may be labelled as low achieving when they do not participate. When my son was given an IQ test for the gifted program, I was told he would have scored higher if he was not so shy.
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Home Visits Help New Families; Support School Readiness

Home Visits Help New Families; Support School Readiness | School Readiness | Scoop.it
Education Week staff writer Lesli A. Maxwell and contributing writer Julie Rasicot are reporters and bloggers with a long track record of covering education.
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