YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – As many schools across the Valley are conducting kindergarten screenings this month, many parents wonder if their child is ready to begin their school journey.
According to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), a child entering kindergarten should be able to do the following by the beginning of school: (see a complete list here)
– Separate from a caregiver without too much anxiety
– Use self-control
– Be able to take turns and play with other children
– Use supplies appropriately
– Cooperate with adults
– Follow directions
– Use the bathroom independently
– Tie shoes and be able to put on and zip their own coat
– Cut with scissors, hold a pencil or crayon, use building blocks or legos
– Know their first and last name and write their first name
– Know primary colors and letters
Children develop at different times and what a child can’t do this week may be something they can master the next. Educators stress working with kids at home to prepare them for the classroom by providing opportunities to practice the skills listed above.
In the fall, a more complete kindergarten test will be given to students that includes math, language and literacy, physical well-being and social foundations.
Results from the 2017 assessments statewide show that 41.5 percent of kindergartners demonstrated kindergarten readiness, 36.2 percent were approaching readiness and 22.4 percent were emerging.
According to the results, among the 118,113 students who took the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, the subgroups most likely to demonstrate readiness to engage with kindergarten-level instruction included girls and white non-Hispanic children, according to ODE.
Children with disabilities were more likely to score in the emerging readiness category as well as those with limited English proficiency.
Children in families with higher incomes were more ready for kindergarten than poorer students, according to the test results.
The test helps teachers determine the strengths and weaknesses of each child and what supports are needed to make sure every student has the opportunity to succeed in the early years of school.