|NV||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Class Size Reduction|
Requires the board of trustees of each school district to report to the Department of Education: (1) the average daily attendance of pupils and the ratio of pupils per licensed teacher for grades 1, 2 and 3; or (2) if the school district has an alternative cla...
|VA||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Third Grade Reading Intervention|
Public schools; reading intervention. Requires local school divisions to provide reading intervention services to students in grade three who demonstrate deficiencies based on their individual performance on the Standards of Learning reading test or any readin...
|CO||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Early Literacy Assessment Tool|
H.B. 1345 (sec. 7)
Requires the education department to issue request for proposals for the purchase of an early literacy assessment tool that teachers may use to obtain real-time assessments of the reading skill levels of K-3 students, and, based on the results, create interven...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||K-3 Response to Intervention System in Reading, Writing, Math and Behavior|
H.B. 69 - K-3 Response to Intervention System in Reading, Writing, Math and Behavior
Defines "aphasia", "dyscalculia", "dysgraphia", "dyslexia", "phonemic awareness" and "scientifically based research". Directs the state board to promulgate administrative regulations for districtwide use of a response-to-intervention system for K-3 students, t...
|OH||Issued 10/2011||P-12||Early Education|
Executive Order 2011-21K
Creates the position of Early Education and Development Officer ("Officer") within the Governor's Office of 21st Century Education. Directs the Officer to work through and in conjunction with existing state agencies to (1) Define and measure kindergarten readi...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Reading Proficiency and Support|
Starting with students entering first grade in the 2011-2012 school year, the program of reading instruction must include provisions of the READ Initiative adopted by the school district, as instructed in the measure. If a reading deficiency is not remedied by...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2011||P-12||Evaluation of Early Learning Programs|
Directs the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education to assess each early childhood program in this state that receives state funding based on nationally recognized standards and assessments that may include without limitation the following compone...
|MN||Issued 03/2011||P-12||The Early Learning Council|
Creates the Early Learning Council to serve as the state advisory council on early childhood education and care. The council will consists of up to 30 members, 26 of whom are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The following individuals are...
|MN||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12||School Readiness|
Modifies school readiness program requirements by removing the requirement to arrange for early childhood screening and appropriate referral. Requires school districts to use school readiness aid for eligible children. Allows children who do not meet the eligi...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2010||P-12||Requests for Multiple-birth Children Entering Kindergarten to be in Same Classroom|
Prohibits a local board of education from adopting a classroom placement policy that automatically separates or places together multiple-birth children entering kindergarten through second grade. The parent or guardian of multiple-birth children entering kinde...
|OH||Signed into law 12/2009||P-12||Full-Day Kindergarten|
H.B. 318 - Section 9
Permits a district to seek a delay of the requirement to implement all-day kindergarten for all students until fiscal year 2012. Directs the state superintendent to grant the requested delay, which may affect some or all students in the district, upon submissi...
|WI||Signed into law 10/2009||P-12|
Beginning on September 1, 2011, a school board may not enroll a child in the first grade in a school in the school district, including in a charter school located in the school district, unless the child has completed 5-year-old kindergarten. Requires each sch...
|ND||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Entrance Ages, Upper Statutory Age|
Modifies 15.1-06-01. Changes the cut-off date for enrollment in grade one from September first to August first. For kindergarten, the cut-off date changes from five by September first of the year of enrollment to August first. Provides exception for children w...
|HI||Became law without governor's signature 07/2009||P-12||Early Learning|
Bars schools from moving students between junior kindergarten and kindergarten, except in cases in which the move is warranted and based on appropriate assessments. Beginning with the 2010-11 school year, requires the department to use assessment tools and pro...
|CT||Signed into law 07/2009||P-12||Early Learning Student Data|
Concerns longitudinal studies of student achievement; provides for access to student data to a qualified nonprofit educational organization by the Department of Education; provides for reasonable fees; includes student experiences in preschool by program type ...
|CO||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Early Childhood School Readiness Commission|
Creates the early childhood and school readiness legislative oversight commission. Sets forth membership requirements and administrative functions for the commission. Outlines the scope of issues the commission is charged with studying. Grants the commission p...
|WY||Signed into law 03/2009||P-12||early childhood|
Relates to school districts; requires provision of full-day kindergarten programs as resourced within the education resource block grant model
|AR||Signed into law 02/2009||P-12||Kindergarten Entry|
Allows students who have completed Pre-Kindergarten to enroll in kindergarten in certain circumstances.
|MI||Signed into law 01/2009||P-12||Early Intervention Programs for K-3|
Provides that an intermediate school district may develop and make available to districts and public school academies an early intervening model program for grades k to 3 which shall be designed to instruct classroom teachers and support staff on how to monito...
|NH||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12||Kindergarten Construction Aid Program|
Extends the kindergarten construction aid program until all school districts operate a kindergarten program; allows a school district to elect a construction grant to be applied to the costs of a kindergarten facility; provides classroom transition grants to e...
|MD||Adopted 05/2008||P-12||Kindergarten Age Eligibility|
Provides for transfers to public kindergarten of age- eligible kindergarten students attending nonpublic kindergarten programs.
Unsafe School Transfer Policy.
A. Each local school system shall allow a student attending a public elementary or secondary school...
|CO||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12||Gifted and Talented Young Children|
Amends the definition of gifted children to include children who are 4 years of age; permits an administrative unit to include in its program plan provisions to identify and serve gifted children who are 5 years of age and for whom early access to kindergarten...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||UPSTART Program|
S.B. 2 - Sections 3-9
Establishes UPSTART, a pilot project that uses a home-based educational technology program to develop the school readiness skills of children age 4-5 who have not entered kindergarten. Provides that UPSTART is created to evaluate the effectiveness of giving pr...
|OR||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||Half-Day and Full-Day Kindergarten|
Requires school districts to offer half-day kindergarten; requires transportation for students in half-day and supplemental kindergarten; allows school districts and public charter schools to offer supplemental kindergarten; allows school districts and public ...
|NY||Adopted 12/2007||P-12||Universal Prekindergarten Programs|
Title 8 NYCRR Subpart 151-1
Complies with 2007 S.B. 2107, Part B, section 19, which authorizes the board of regents and the commissioner to prescribe uniform quality standards for universal prekindergarten programs....
|OH||Signed into law 11/2007||P-12||All-Day Kindergarten|
H.B. 190 -- Multiple Components
Permits school districts that are not eligible for state payments for all-day kindergarten to charge tuition on a sliding scale for all-day kindergarten classes. Requires the Department of Education to issue an annual report on tuition charged by school distri...
|NY||Adopted 09/2007||P-12||Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Program Requirements|
Title 8 NYCRR Section 100.3
Amends regulations regarding program requirements for students in prekindergarten and kindergarten. Directs each school operating a prekindergarten and/or kindergarten to adopt and implement curricula, aligned with the State learning standards, that ensures co...
|GA||Adopted 09/2007||P-12||Student Assessment Programs|
Adds language regarding the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs), an English language proficiency test administered annually to all English language learners (ELLs) to determine stu...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2007||P-12||Compulsory School Age|
Requires a person having custody or control of a child who is below the compulsory school age but enrolled in kindergarten in a public school to cause the child to attend the public school. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/95/SB/PDF/09500SB0543lv.pdf...
|The Readiness Project|
Executive Order No. 489
Establishes the Readiness Project to develop a plan to implement fundamental and systemic reforms to public education in the Commonwealth over the next ten years. The project will have three chairs appointed by the Governor.
The plan will include recommenda...
|HI||Vetoed 07/2007||P-12||Prekindergarten and Kindergarten|
Directs the department to encourage inclusionary prekindergarten and kindergarten classes of both special education eligible and general education students, including consideration of the following options:
(1) Special education eligible preschool children ma...
|NC||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||School Admission Requirements|
Modifies school admission requirements. Moves cut-off date for enrollment to August 31 from October 16.
|MN||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Pre-K Readiness|
Directs the commissioner to approve School Readiness Service Agreements for up to 50 providers that represent diverse parts of the state and a variety of child care delivery models. (See "Sec. 57".) Directs the commissioners of human services and education to ...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||New Member for School Readiness Board|
Amends membership of the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Board to include one representative of a state association of federally funded early childhood programs appointed by the Governor.
|MT||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Kindergarten Average Number Belonging Funding|
S.B. 2A (Kindergarten)
Provides full-time Average Number Belonging funding for school districts that enroll students in full-time kindergarten. Provides start-up funding for districts transitioning from half-day to full-day programs. A kindergarten program must meet the state minimu...
|ND||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Defines full day kindergarten|
S.B. 2200 (kindergarten section)
Beginning with the 2008-09 school year, a full day of instruction consists of: (1) At least five and one-half hours for kindergarten and elementary students, during which time the students are required to be in attendance for the purpose of receiving curricula...
|WA||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Voluntary All-Day Kindergarten|
Provides that, beginning with the 2007-08 school year, funding for voluntary all-day kindergarten programs shall be phased-in beginning with schools with the highest poverty levels, defined as those schools with the highest percentages of students qualifying f...
|AR||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||kindergarten entrance age|
Lowers the age of enrollment in kindergarten in public school from 5 by September 1 in 2009-2010, for the 2010-2011 school year
the cutoff age would be August 15; 2011-2012 and afterwards, 5 on or before August 1 of the year they are seeking initial enrollment...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Optional Extended Day Kindergarten|
Establishes a program, administered by the State Board of Education, through which school districts and charter schools may provide voluntary extended-day kindergarten, with certain funding priorities. http://le.utah.gov/~2007/bills/sbillint/sb0049s03.htm...
|SD||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Kindergarten Attendance|
Amends 13-28-2 to read: Any child who is five years old on the first day of September is eligible for enrollment in kindergarten during that school year. Any child who is six years old by September first is eligible for enrollment in first grade during that sc...
|UT||Signed into law 02/2007||P-12||Early Childhood Reading Readiness|
This concurrent resolution of the legislature and governor encourages reading with a child 20 minutes a day to help prepare children for success in school and lifelong learning. http://le.utah.gov/~2007/bills/hbillenr/hcr005.htm...
|CO||Signed into law 02/2007||P-12||Funding for Full-day Kindergarten|
Authorizes a school district, upon voter approval, to impose an additional mill levy for purposes of funding the school district's excess full-day kindergarten costs. Allows the question submitted to the voters to also include a question of whether to impose a...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Vision Screening|
Requires vision screening for children entering kindergarten.
|NY||Vetoed 07/2006||P-12||Dental Health Certificates|
Requires every child enrolling in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or first grade in a public elementary school to present a dental health certificate. Dental health certificates must contain a report of a comprehensive dental examination performed on such child...
|ND||Adopted 07/2006||P-12||Kindergarten or First Grade Early Entrance|
Repeals rules pertaining to kindergarten or first grade early entrance.
|IA||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12||Community Empowerment Initiative|
Increases membership on the community empowerment state board. Requires family support services in the community empowerment initiative to include home visitation. Creates a community empowerment gifts and grants account in the Iowa empowerment fund. Makes an...
|MN||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Kindergarten Readiness Assessment|
Authorizes the commissioner of education to implement a kindergarten readiness assessment representative of incoming kindergartners. The assessment must be based on the department of education kindergarten readiness assessment at kindergarten entrance study.
|CO||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Compulsory Attendance Age and Hour Requirements|
Concerns the age specifications relating to compulsory school attendance. Every child who has attained the age of seven years and is under the age of seventeen years (changed from 16), except as provided by this section, must attend public school for at least ...
|DE||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Full-day Kindergarten|
Requires school districts by the start of the 2008- 2009 school year, to offer any kindergarten-eligible child the option of attending full-day kindergarten if the child's parent or guardian chooses; provides that if a parent wants to send his or her child for...
|CO||Vetoed 03/2006||P-12||Full-day Kindergarten Funds and Policies|
Authorizes of additional school district revenues to fund costs associated with full-day kindergarten programs. Districts that receive voter approval for additional revenue must: use evidence-based research demonstrating the types of programs and methods appro...
|KY||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Advancing Kindergarten-Age Students to First Grade|
Clarifies that a school district may advance a child through the primary program if he or she is at least five but less than six years old; allows the child to be classified as other than a kindergarten student for purposes of funding if the student is determi...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Timing|
This bill modifies the recommended time to provide the assessment of reading and numeric skills given to potential kindergarten students. The assessment should take place in the spring prior to the kindergarten year, but no later than June 15th prior to the sc...
|SD||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Requires Kindergarten Attendance|
Requires all children to attend kindergarten; establishes a minimum length of time for kindergarten programs; provides that any child under a specified age is eligible for admittance to a nursery school.
|NM||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Kindergarten Plus Pilot Project|
Extends the Kindergarten Plus Pilot Project; expands eligibility to add other school districts with high- poverty schools; makes an appropriation; provides that teachers and educational assistants are to be paid at the same rate and under the same terms; provi...
|MD||Issued 03/2006||P-12||Amends Membership of the Advisory Council for Children|
01.01.2006-03 (Executive Order)
Amends amend Executive Order 01.01.2005.34, which established the Advisory Council for Children; the Governor's Office for Children as a separate agency within the Executive Department to provide a coordinated, comprehensive, interagency approach to the develo...
|MD||Issued 02/2006||P-12||Maryland Child Care Subsidy Coordinating Council|
EXECUTIVE ORDER 01.01.2006.02
Establishes the Maryland Child Care Subsidy Coordinating Council, defines membership and duties. Purposes of council includes increasing access by low-income families receiving child care subsidies to quality early care and education programs, thereby increasi...
|CT||Issued 02/2006||P-12||Governor's Early Childhood Research and Policy Council|
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 13
Establishes the Governor's Early Childhood Research and Policy Council and defines membership and duties. The Council will: (1) Advise the Early Childhood Education Cabinet on research findings, policy solutions and strategic financing opportunities related to...
|RI||Adopted 09/2005||P-12||Early Childhood Certificate Requirements|
Adopts rules regarding the requirements for an Early Childhood Education in public schools in grades PK-2 certificate. Outlines rules for Certificate of Eligibility for Employment (CEE) be valid for three years and Professional Certificates be valid for one or...
|MN||Signed into law 07/2005||P-12||Kindergarten|
H.F. 141 - Multiple Components
"Kindergarten" means a program designed for pupils five years of age on September 1 of the calendar year in which the school year commences that prepares pupils to enter first grade the following school year. A program designed for pupils younger than five ye...
|CO||Signed into law 06/2005||P-12||School-Readiness Quality Improvement Program|
Changes the name of the "school-readiness child care subsidization program" to the "school-readiness quality improvement program". Recognizes the early success of the program on a geographic pilot basis and expands the program to include additional eligible co...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12||Achieving Classroom Excellence Act of 2005|
New law establishing the Achieving Classroom Excellence Act of 2005. One new section establishes the Oklahoma Mathematics Improvement Program. The purpose is to improve student mastery of the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) for sixth-grade mathematics ...
|MD||Rule Adoption 05/2005||P-12||Kindergarten admissions|
COMAR 13A.08.01.01, .02, .02-2
Proposes to adopt rules to the Board of Education. Provides for transfers to public kindergarten. Requires local boards of education to establish regulations for early admission in prekindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade. MARYLAND REG 10189 (SN)...
|AZ||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12||Full-Day Kindergarten|
S.B. 1516 (Section 4)
Deletes certain provisions from 15-901.02 referring to full-day kindergarten and the joint legislative study committee on full-day kindergarten. Requires the department to conduct a comprehensive review of the research on full-day kindergarten instruction, inc...
|IN||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12||Kindergarten Cutoff Date|
H.B. 1001 (Section 177)
Beginning with the 2006-2007 school year, changes kindergarten eligibility date from age 5 by July 1 to age 5 by August 1. http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2005/HE/HE1001.1.html...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12||Full-Day Kindergarten|
S.B. 982, Section 9
Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, requires districts to provide and offer a full six-hour day of kindergarten free of tuition for every child residing in the district. Adds an allowance that provides for intra-district transfer to a school offering ful...
|CO||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Full-Day Kindergarten for Schools Rated "Unsatisfactory"|
S.B. 200 (Section 5-7)
Revises certain language related to funding full-day kindergarten for students in a school receiving an "unsatisfactory" rating in the state accountability system. In implementing such a full-day kindergarten program, allows a local board to contract with any ...
|CO||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Full-Day Kindergarten|
S.B. 200 (Section 15)
Increases from 1,000 to 1,500 the number of children a district may apply to the department for authorization to serve through a full-day kindergarten component of the district's preschool program.
|MD||Rule Adoption 04/2005||P-12||State Board Of Education|
COMAR 13A.02.06.02, 13A.0801.01, .08.02.01
Revises the Maryland Student Records System Manual (MSRSM) as a result of recent changes regarding health and graduation requirements. State assessments, prekindergarten requirements, kindergarten and prekindergarten phase-in dates, enrollment and transfers, a...
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2005||P-12||Kindergarten|
Requires every school district with a kindergarten program to offer half-day kindergarten programs aligned with the state board's academic standards. Requires a district that establishes a full-day kindergarten program to allow every parent of a kindergarten ...
|MD||(S) THIRD READING PASSED (46-0) 04/2005||P-12||State Department of Education - Early Learning and Child Care Programs|
Requiring the State Department of Education to develop a plan to accredit certain early learning programs and child care programs that are planning to provide or are providing specified kindergarten or prekindergarten programs to specified children; requiring ...
|DE||Adopted 04/2005||P-12||Early Admission to Kindergarten for Gifted Students|
14 DAC 940
Establishes regulation relating to early admission to kindergarten for gifted students in order to clarify what a school must do if they choose to admit gifted students to kindergarten before they are five years of age. http://www.state.de.us/research/AdminCod...
|CO||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||Kindergarten|
Requires all districts to offer kindergarten.
|WY||Signed into law 02/2005||P-12||School Finance|
Continues assistance to school districts for full-day kindergarten programs ($5 million) and the summer school grant program ($4.5 million); provides assistance to school districts for health insurance ($33,321,419). http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2005/enroll/SF...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2004||P-12||Kindergarten Scheduling|
Authorizes a school district that is implementing an early primary program to maintain kindergarten classes at different school sites within the district for different lengths of time during the school day. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/ab_2401-2450/a...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2004||P-12||Preschool for All Program|
Requires the California Children and Families Commission to complete and submit a cost study that provides an estimate of the cost of a voluntary Preschool for All program in the state. Convenes a Workforce Development Blue Ribbon Committee to develop a workfo...
|MI||Signed into law 09/2004||P-12||State School Aid Act|
Relates to the State School Aid Act of 1979; allocates funds for grants to intermediate districts to provide programs for parents with preschool children to improve school readiness and foster the maintenance of stable families by encouraging positive parentin...
|IOWA LEARNS COUNCIL|
Executive Order No. 30 - 2003
Creates the IOWA LEARNS COUNCIL. The Iowa Learns Council shall work towards the ambitious goal of 90% of Iowa children having a quality pre-school experience, and 90% of Iowa high school graduates will go on to complete at least two years of college; shall pro...
|ME||Rule Adoption 08/2004||P-12||Early Intervention and Special Education for Children|
Establishes rule to allow parents of preschool children with disabilities who are already receiving free appropriate public education (FAPE) services from Child Development Services and who turn five between September 1st and October 15th to choose not to enro...
|HI||Signed into law 07/2004||P-12||Two-tier Kindergarten Program and Kindergarten Entrance Age|
Establishes a junior kindergarten and kindergarten program in the department of education; establishes a pilot program for the 2005-2006 school year; requires the establishment of the program in all public elementary schools beginning with the 2006-2007 school...
|LA||Signed into law 07/2004||P-12||Extended Kindergarten For Disadvantaged Children|
Subject to appropriation, creates the Kindergarten Plus pilot program of classes, at least one in each of the state's eight regional service districts, of extended kindergarten for disadvantaged children from the 2005-06 through the 2007-08 school year. For p...
|CO||Signed into law 06/2004||P-12||Childhood School Readiness|
Changes the name of the Child Care Commission to the Early Childhood and School Readiness Commission; modifying the responsibilities of the commission. http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics2004a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/64CD1EC1E0B64CA787256DB0004CB158?Open&file=1277_en...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2004||P-12||School Readiness Programs|
Concerns school readiness; relates to the state encouraging the development of a network of school readiness programs; relates to the funding of such programs by eligible providers by the Department of Education. http://www.cga.state.ct.us/2004/act/Pa/2004PA-0...
|MD||Rule Adoption 05/2004||P-12||Standards for Kindergarten Programs|
COMAR 13A.03.01, .01, .04, 13A.03.02, .01-.12
Proposes rules regarding standards for kindergarten programs and graduation requirements for public high schools. MARYLAND REG 9845 (SN)...
|ME||Signed into law 05/2004||P-12||Preschool Handicapped Children|
Amends applicable statutes and instructs the Department of Human Services and the Department of Education to amend rules to clarify that a child who is already receiving free, appropriate public education services through the Child Development Services System ...
|NE||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Compulsory Attendance Ages|
LB 868 changes the mandatory ages for compulsory education. From the fiscal note: Currently, ages are from age 7 through
age 15. Beginning in the 2005-06 school year, children will be required to attend school if they will reach the age of 6 by January 1st of
|WV||Signed into law 03/2004||P-12||Early Childhood Education|
Establishes the priority for early childhood education in the basic skills of reading, mathematics and English language arts....
|SD||Signed into law 02/2004||P-12||Kindergarten Standards|
Requires school districts to offer kindergarten and to require content standards for kindergarten. http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2004/bills/SB67enr.htm...
|SC||Became law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 02/2004||P-12||Student Readiness Determination|
(Joint Resolution) Approves regulations of the Board of Education; relates to minimum standards for the determination of student readiness....
|AR||Signed into law 01/2004||P-12||Student Assessment and Educational Accountability Act of 2004 - Readiness|
S.B. 33 § 1
Amends Ark. Code § 6-15-404. Requires the state board of education and the state department of education to develop and implement a school readiness screening to validate a child's school readiness when a student enters kindergarten or an developmentally appro...
|AR||Signed into law 01/2004||P-12|
|Student Assessment and Educational Accountability Act of 2004 - P-16|
S.B. 33 § 10
Adds Ark. Code 6-15-2201. Requires postsecondary education to report on the readiness of high school students for higher education; the state board of education shall require schools and districts to develop strategies to improve student readiness for postseco...
|OK||Emergency Rule Adoption 11/2003||P-12||Mathematics Instruction Competencies|
Specifies that early childhood education includes pre-kindergarten-third grade. Expands on the competencies for teaching mathematics that teachers up to grade three must have. OKLAHOMA REG 13002 (SN)...
|CA||Signed into law 08/2003||P-12|
Relates to reimburse rates under the Child Care and Development Services Act, revenue limits for school districts and county superintendents of schools for 2003-04 and 2004-05 fiscal years, school district's school building maintenance account, school district...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2003||P-12||Summer Kindergarten|
Allows a school board to establish, maintain, and operate a summer kindergarten program for grade one readiness. Provides the summer kindergarten program may be held within the school district or under a contract that must be approved by the state board of edu...
|MI||Signed into law 08/2003||P-12||School Readiness Program Procedures|
H.B. 4391 (multiple provisions)
Sec. 703. (1) The funds appropriated in part 1 for school readiness programs shall be made available through a competitive application process as follows:
(a) An applicant may be any public or private nonprofit legal entity or agency other than a local or inte...
|DE||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Lead Poisoning|
Permits a student to enroll in kindergarten without the student first being screened for lead poisoning; requires that the student be screened within 60 calendar days of enrollment. http://www.legis.state.de.us/LIS/LIS142.NSF/c6fe685e20e98b2b882569a60053971e/d...
|DE||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Early Childhood Education Programs|
Creates a task force to examine early childhood education programs; develops a plan for implementation of universal pre-kindergarten and full day kindergarten. http://www.legis.state.de.us/Legislature.nsf/fsLIS?openframeset&Frame=Main&Src=/LIS/LIS142.NSF/Home!...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Funding to Promote Children's Well-being|
Requires the State Prevention Council to determine long-term goals, strategies and outcome measures to promote the health and well being of children and families including; early intervention strategies, an increase in healthy pregnant women and newborns, a de...
|AK||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Admission to and Advancement in Public Schools|
Relates to advancement in public schools of children under school age; provides that a district's educational program must prescribe that under school-age students advance through the curriculum or grade level by the following school year. http://www.legis.sta...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Mandatory Kindergarten|
Removes a reference in TCA 49-6-301 which made kindergarten an optional program. Under current law, kindergarten is a mandatory program....
|CO||Partial veto 05/2003||P-12||Financing of Public Schools|
Concerns the procedures for the funding of public schools, including adjustments to the district size factor, minimum per pupil funding, at-risk student calculation; temporary reduction of number of children participating on the Colorado Preschool Program; cha...
|IA||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Early Intervention Block Grant Program Repeal Date|
H.B. 549 (omnibus bill)
Changes repeal date from 2003 to 2004 on chapter establishing statewide early intervention block grant program. Components of this program include K-3 class size reduction and K-3 diagnostic reading assessments. Chapter requires districts to annually report to...
|ND||Signed into law 04/2003||P-12||Teacher Qualifications (Early Childhood and Kindergarten)|
Requires the state board to issue major equivalency endorsements and minor equivalency endorsements (new requirement). Also adds new requirement for early childhood by requiring the education standards and practices board to issue an optional early childhood ...
|SC||Became law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 04/2003||P-12||Program Readiness Test|
(Joint Resolution)The CSAB was administered for the last time in fall 2001. The Education Accountability Act of 1998 (EAA) required the development/selection of developmentally appropriate readiness assessments for grades one and two. The South Carolina Readin...
|SC||Became law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 04/2003||P-12||Kindergarten Objectives|
(Joint Resolution) Approves regulations of the Board of Education; relates to basic skills assessment programs kindergarten objectives....
|OK||Signed into law 04/2003||P-12||Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Act|
Creates the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Act; states intent, purposes, and goals; creates the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Board; states powers and duties of the Board; requires annual report and specifies contents of report; designat...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2003||P-12||The Better Chance for School Success Program|
Creates the Better Chance for School Success Program to provide early education for low-income, 3- and 4-year-old children in low-performing school districts. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2376.pdf...
|NM||Signed into law 04/2003||P-12||Kindergarten for Disadvantaged Students|
Creates a three-year kindergarten plus pilot project to study the efficacy of extending the kindergarten year by four months for disadvantaged students; assesses the effect of kindergarten plus on the literacy, numeric, and cognitive and social skills developm...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2003||P-12||Quality Education Act of 2003 - Accountability and Assessment|
H.B. 2697 (Omnibus Bill)
Amends §§ 6-15-402 - 6-15-406. Creates the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment, and Accountability Program Act; including requiring the State Board of Education to establish standards defining what students should know in content areas and a system for ...
|MS||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Cost-Benefit Analysis of Pre-Kindergarten, Mandatory Kindergarten and Occupational Diplomas|
Requires the department of education to conduct a needs assessment to determine what areas do not currently have pre-kindergarten programs, and a cost-benefit analysis creating statewide pre-kindergarten programs. Requires department to perform cost-benefit a...
|AR||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Skills Needed for Children Entering Kindergarten|
Requires the department of education to develop a list of skills that child should have in order to be prepared to enter kindergarten. The department must publish this list and distribute it to parents and early childhood educators. The list does not create pr...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2002||P-12||Compulsory Attendance for Kindergarten|
Makes, commencing 7/1/2004, the Compulsory Attendance Law apply to a child, and the parents or guardian of a child between the ages of 5 and 6 who is enrolled in a public school kindergarten and attends the kindergarten for at least 30 days during the school y...
|MD||Signed into law 07/2002||P-12||Full-Day Kindergarten Implementation|
Requires county boards to provide full-day kindergarten for all kindergarten students by 2007-08 school year. Each district's comprehensive master plan must identify the strategies that will be used in that county to ensure that all kindergarten students rece...
|RI||Signed into law 06/2002||P-12||Kindergarten Entrance Age|
This act amends the date of a child attending kindergarten at the age of five (5) years by reducing the eligibility date from December 31 to July 1 of any school year. Takes effect upon passage....
|CO||Signed into law 06/2002||P-12||School-Readiness Child Care Subsidation Program|
Creates the School-Readiness Child Care Subsidization Program on and after January 1, 2003, which program offers three-year school-readiness subsidies to county departments of social services to increase the school readiness of children age 5 and younger enrol...
|IA||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||School Ready Children Grants Account|
Appropriates $1,153,250 from the Healthy Iowans tobacco trust to the school ready children grants account. http://www.legis.state.ia.us/GA/79GA/Legislation/HF/02600/HF02615/Current.html...
|HI||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||School Readiness|
Defines the term "school readiness" to mean that young children are ready to have successful learning experiences in school when there is a positive interaction among the child's developmental characteristics, school practices, and family and community support...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2001||P-12||Student Records for pre-school students|
Requires State-funded preschool or infant and toddler program to provide a child's records to a public school when the child transfers, as specified. Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to advise local education agencies regarding related federal...
|CA||Signed into law 07/2001||P-12||Kindergarten Students in a Year-Round School|
Authorizes a pupil in a kindergarten in a school operating on a program of multitrack year-round scheduling to be kept in school on any day for 265 minutes of instruction, exclusive of recesses....
|OK||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Full-Day Kindergarten|
H.B. 1499--Multiple Components
Every school district must provide and offer a full six-hour day of kindergarten free of tuition for every child residing in such district who attains the age of five (5) years on or before the first day of September during the school year such kindergarten is...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||Kindergarten Enrollment|
Allows six-year olds that did not attend kindergarten the opportunity to enroll in either kindergarten or first grade; allows school principals to approve the enrollment of four-year olds into kindergarten....
|AR||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||Children Entering Kindergarten|
Requires the Department of Education to develop and conduct readiness testing for children who are entering kindergarten....
|NM||Vetoed 04/2001||P-12||Omnibus Bill with Appropriations|
Creates public school reading proficiency fund to help train teachers to teach reading and writing to students below grade level; sets up "enterprise centers" to provide fee-for-service assistance to districts; creates "probationary school intervention funds" ...
|NM||Signed into law 03/2001||P-12||Amends Full-Day Kindergarten|
Full-day kindergarten programs shall be phased in over a five-year period as follows with priority given to those school districts that serve children in schools with the highest proportion of students most in need based upon indicators in the at-risk [factor]...
|OH||Signed into law 11/2000||P-12||Kindergarten Entrance Age|
Permits school district boards beginning with the 2000-2001 school year to adopt the first day of August, instead of the thirtieth day of September, as the date by which a child must be five years of age to be admitted to kindergarten and six years of age to b...
|NH||Signed into law 06/2000||P-12||Alternative Kindergarten Programs|
Relates to the establishment of an alternative kindergarten program within a school district; provides that school districts operating an approved alternative kindergarten program shall be eligible to receive adequate education grant distributions; provides fo...
|NH||Signed into law 06/2000||P-12||Funding for Full-Day Kindergarten|
Makes an appropriation from the Education Trust Fund to the Department of Education for the funding of public kindergarten programs; adjusts the Adequate Education Grant amount for the Town of Orange for the fiscal year 2000; adjusts the property tax warrant i...
|OK||Vetoed 06/2000||P-12||Partnership for School Readiness|
Creates the Partnership for School Readiness Act to facilitate community collaboration of efforts and services that will prepare children to enter school healthy and ready to succeed. Goal also to stress importance of reading to children for 15 minutes per da...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||Composition of School Readiness Partnership|
Relates to school readiness; provides sovereign immunity for school readiness coalitions; revises funding for prekindergarten early intervention programs; authorizes the Governor at the request of the Florida Partnership for School Readiness to request approva...
|AL||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||Office of School Readiness and Pre-Kindergarten Program|
Creates the Office of School Readiness within the Department of Children's Affairs; provides for the operation and management of a voluntary pre-kindergarten program....
|NY||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||Full-day Kindergarten, Universal Prekindergarten Reserve Fund|
Relates to state aid for school districts; funds a workforce education program in New York City; creates the Universal Prekindergarten Reserve Fund; provides State aid for conversion to full day kindergarten; relates to administration of the School Tax Relief ...
|IN||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Reports to the Public; Kindergarten|
Requires the mailing, instead of publishing, of the school corporation performance report; provides that a child must be at least five years of age on July 1 of the 2000-2001 school year or any subsequent school year to officially enroll in a kindergarten prog...
|GA||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Omnibus Bill - Early Childhood Component|
There is created an Early Intervention Program in kindergarten and a Primary Grades Early Intervention Program in grades 1-3. These programs are for students performing below grade level. The Office of Education Accountability and the State Board of Education ...
|GA||Signed by governor 03/2000||P-12||Omnibus Bill - Early Intervention Component|
There is created an Early Intervention Program in kindergarten and a Primary Grades Early Intervention Program in grades 1-3. These programs are for students performing below grade level. The Office of Education Accountability and the State Board of Education ...
|NM||Signed into law 02/2000||P-12||Full Day Kindergarten|
Relates to full day kindergarten programs; provides funding....
|NJ||Signed into law 01/2000||P-12||Funding for Full-Day Kindergarten|
Provides additional State aid to support full-day kindergarten programs in charter schools located in the Abbott districts....