Tests for Kindergartners on their First Days in School
The Oregonian (OR)
Students who start kindergarten equipped with certain skills and knowledge are far more likely to be strong readers in grade three and beyond. Key traits include basic counting skills, the ability to follow directions and take turns, and familiarity with letter sounds and simple words. But Oregon has never had a reliable picture of how many 5-year-olds arrive primed to learn and how far behind the others are. That will change next fall, when every entering kindergartner will be screened on letter names and sounds, basic counting and addition, and behaviors that lead to school success, such as paying attention and trying hard.
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