Many incoming kindergartners aren't ready for class

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At least a third of kindergartners weren’t prepared for lessons in reading, writing and counting on their first day of school this year, and at some local schools that number was more than half of each class.

Indiana’s kindergarten standards have changed during the past two years, and students are expected to be able to start reading by the end of their first semester.

For that to be possible, students need to be able to recite the alphabet, know the difference between lower- and upper-case letters and count to 20 or 30, local principals said.

At Pleasant Grove and North Grove Elementary schools, about one third of kindergartners start school without knowing all of their letters, and some were unable to hold a pencil or write their names, principals Trael Kelly and Brian Proctor said. At Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson, about a third of kindergarten students were behind at the start of the school year, Superintendent Matt Prusiecki said.

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