For the second year in a row, area kindergartners are spending five full days in class each week, learning to read and count to 100, and now the question is whether it is making a difference.
Clark-Pleasant and Greenwood schools are reviewing report cards and comparing in-school assessments students took last year as kindergartners and will now take as first-graders. Officials want to see whether spending an entire day in kindergarten is better when preparing students for the reading, writing and math lessons they’ll be taught later in elementary school, Clark-Pleasant curriculum instruction specialist Cameron Rains and Southwest Elementary kindergarten teacher Emily Vanus said.
School officials will need a few years before they know what kind of impact full-day kindergarten classes are having. They can’t simply compare one year of data to the next, because the abilities of students in every kindergarten class vary, no matter how much time they have spent in school, Rains said.