Districts assessing youngest learners

When parents sign their children up for kindergarten, the youngsters spend about 15 minutes with their future teacher sharing some of what they know.

Kindergarten teachers ask the students to count, name colors and letters they recognize from the alphabet. Some school districts, including Franklin and Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson, use that time to help determine which students appear ready for the lessons of kindergarten and which ones could use extra help before or during the school year.

Other school districts, including Clark-Pleasant, use the information to plan which lessons they’ll start with and focus on when the students start school in the fall. Assessments to see which Clark-Pleasant kindergarten students are on track and which ones need to catch up begin shortly after the start of school and continue throughout the year, Clark-Pleasant director of curriculum and instruction Cameron Rains said.

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