|CA||To governor 09/2014||P-12||Mandatory Kindergarten|
Beginning with the 2016–17 school year, requires a child to have completed one year of kindergarten before the child may be admitted to first grade. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1401-1450/ab_1444_bill_20140822_enrolled.pdf...
|NY||Signed into law 07/2014||P-12||Allowing Kindergarten Attendance to Be Mandatory in Utica|
Authorizes the Utica school district to require certain five years olds to attend kindergarten. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A09472&term=&Summary=Y&Text=Y...
|NY||Signed into law 07/2014||P-12||Allowing Kindergarten Attendance to Be Mandatory in Buffalo|
Authorizes the Buffalo school district to require certain five-year-olds to attend kindergarten. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&bn=S07347&term=&Summary=Y&Text=Y...
|CA||Signed into law 06/2014||P-12||Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum and Teacher Qualifications|
S.B. 858 - Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum and Teacher Qualifications
From bill summary: States legislative intent that the curriculum for transitional kindergarten (the first year of a 2-year kindergarten program that uses a modified curriculum) be aligned to the California Preschool Learning Foundations developed by the depar...
|OK||Veto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 05/2014||P-12||Amends the Reading Sufficiency Act and Related Promotion/Retention Provisions|
Changes language regarding kindergarten readiness screening from Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) to "subject matter standards." Amends the Reading Sufficiency Act to require that any student who demonstrates proficiency in reading at the third-grade le...
|HI||Signed into law 05/2014||P-12||Making Kindergarten Attendance Mandatory|
Makes kindergarten mandatory for children who will be at least five years of age by July 31 of the school year, unless otherwise exempt. Also lowers compulsory school age to children age 5 by July 31 of the school year. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session201...
|ME||Became law without governor's signature 04/2014||P-12||Universal Voluntary Prekindergarten|
L.D. 1530/S.P. 577
Changes the compulsory age for school attendance from 7 to 5 and requires universal voluntary prekindergarten education by the 2017-2018 school year. Requires the development of standards for prekindergarten education programs, recommendations for statewide pr...
|MS||Signed into law 04/2014||P-12||Reading Intervention Pilot Program|
Section 1. Directs the State Department of Education to conduct a reading intervention pilot program in one or more "C" level or low-performing school districts. Requires the pilot to focus on the use of data coaches to improve reading and literacy, to determi...
|MS||Signed into law 03/2014||P-12||Kindergarten Age|
Sections 2 and 4. Changes from September 1 to August 1 the cut-off date as it relates to the definition of "compulsory-school-age child."
|OR||Signed into law 08/2013||P-12||Early Learning Screening, Risk Assessment, Prental Care, and Special Education Inclusion|
H.B. 2013 (Section 1)
Requires the Early Learning Council and the Department of Education to assist school districts in implementing a process that assesses children for kindergarten readiness. Requires the assistance include training on goals and implementation of the process, th...
|OR||Signed into law 08/2013||P-12||Early Learning Kindergarten Readiness Partnership and Innovation Program|
H.B. 2013 (Section 3)
Establishes the Early Learning Kindergarten Readiness Partnership and Innovation Program to improve the readiness of children for kindergarten and will be administered by the Early Learning Council. Directs the Early Learning Council to provide grants which m...
|CT||Signed into law 07/2013||P-12||Reading Assessments for Teachers and State-Wide Reading Plan|
Requires K-3 teachers biennially to take a survey on reading instruction based on reading instruction examination approved by SBE or an alternative yet comparable reading instruction examination that is equivalent to the examination approved by the State Board...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Student Assessments - Readiness, 3-8, 10-11|
Allows students to take their final mastery examination in grade 11 as an alternative to grade 10 beginning in the 2013-14 school year. Eliminates testing requirements for endowed or incorporated high schools, but permits such schools to base promotion or grad...
|AZ||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Kindergarten|
Provides that a school district or charter school is not eligible to receive basic state aid for pupils that had not reached five years of age before September 1 of the current school year and who repeats kindergarten in the following school year. Allows scho...
|AZ||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Kindergarten Instruction Time|
Redefines half-day Kindergarten attendance from 356 hours (up from 346) to 712 (up from 692) instructional hours.
|NV||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||School Readiness Pilot|
Appropriates state funds to create a pilot program for the assessment of school readiness and for the coordination between early childhood education programs through college and workforce readiness.
|IA||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Additional Uses for Preschool Aid; Kindergarten Readiness Assmt.|
H.F. 215 - Division XIV
Defines additional uses for preschool aid money. Allows for community-based providers to use the money for professional development, instructional equipment, materials, and other direct costs. Unused preschool money at the end of the year is to be used to buil...
|NE||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Change in Kindergarten Cut-Off Age|
L.B. 410 - School Entrance
The cutoff date remains five years on or before July 31 of the calendar year in which the school year for which the child is seeking admission begins. However, this bill changes from allowing to requiring admission of children who turn 5 between August 1 and ...
|MN||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Early Learning Provisions|
Defines the minimum annual number of instructional hours for half-day and full-day kindergarten (425 and 850 hours, respectively). Empowers districts to adopt early admissions policy for kindergartners. Describes the process for comprehensive cognitive, social...
|UT||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||Enhanced Kindergarten and Early Intervention Interactive Computer Software Program|
S.B. 260 - Enhanced Kindergarten and Early Intervention Interactive Computer Software Program
Primarily from bill summary: Modifies the distribution of funds for enhanced kindergarten programs to districts and charter schools.
Requires the state board to select technology providers for the early intervention interactive computer software program by S...
|ID||Signed into law 03/2013||P-12||Allowance for Teachers to Visit Student Parents|
Allows district to utilize a portion of the instructional staff allowance for teachers to visit the parents or guardians of students during the first week of the kindergarten school year. Such visits may take place at school, at the student's home or at anothe...
|CA||Vetoed 09/2012||P-12||Teacher Credentialing and Transitional Kindergarten|
From bill summary: Authorizes the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to convene a workgroup of specified members to develop program standards for the issuance of a recognition of study in transitional kindergarten (defined as the 1st year of a two-year kinder...
|MI||Signed into law 07/2012||P-12||Kindergarten Entrance Ages|
Updates cut-off date for entrance ages into kindergarten. For the 2013-14 school year, a child must be five years of age by November 1. For the 2014-15 school year, the child must be five years of age by October 1. For the 2015-16 school year, the child must ...
|NY||Signed into law 07/2012||P-12||Kindergarten Attendance May Be Mandated in NYC|
Authorizes the New York City board of education to require children who turn five by December 1 to attend kindergarten. Provides exceptions. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=%0D%0A&bn=A09861&term=&Summary=Y&Memo=Y&Text=Y...
|HI||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||Early Learning System|
Provides legislative findings. Establishes the executive office on early learning, to be temporarily placed in the office of the governor, and permanently established within the department of education for administrative purposes only, effective July 2015. Est...
|OH||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||Kindergarten, 1st Grade Entrance|
S.B. 316 - Kindergarten, 1st Grade Entrance
Repeals existing requirements providing exceptions to minimum ages for admission to kindergarten or 1st grade. Replaces with provision providing an exception for a child recommended for early admittance in accordance with the district's acceleration policy. Re...
|OH||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||Birth through 3rd Grade Literacy Education|
S.B. 316 - Birth through 3rd Grade Literacy Education
Directs the state board and the early childhood advisory council, in consultation with the governor's office of 21st century education, to develop legislative recommendations regarding the state's policies on literacy education for birth through 3rd grade with...
|DE||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||Kindergarten Readiness Assessment|
Provides that the Department of Education establish a statewide readiness tool that will review a child's readiness for learning when they enter kindergarten. The tool will be phased in starting in Fall 2012 with statewide implementation no later than Fall 201...
|HI||Adopted 06/2012||P-12||Research on the Correlation Between Late-Born Children and Educational Outcomes|
Requests that the department of education conduct research on the correlation between children who are late-born (born after August 1) and educational outcomes. Resolves the report on the research conducted may include the raw numbers and percentages of dropou...
|IL||Adopted 06/2012||P-12||Kindergarten Readiness Survey Implementation, "K" in State Standards|
23 IL ADC 1.420; 23 IL ADC 1.APP. D
From Illinois Register: This rulemaking resulted from the State Board of Education's application for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for a Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant to design and implement ...
|IA||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Kindergarten Requirement|
S.F. 2284 - Division XIII
This section requires that a student who is enrolled in a district and is age 5 by 9/15 be considered of compulsory attendance age unless the parent files in writing an intent to remove the child from school. http://coolice.legis.state.ia.us/linc/84/external/g...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Kindergarten Age|
Sets kindergarten entrance age. Children entering kindergarten shall be five years of age on or before August 31 for the 2013-2014 school year and on or before August 15 for all school years thereafter.
|IL||Adopted 05/2012||P-12||Early Childhood Block Grant|
23 IL ADC 235.20, 30, 40, 45, 50, 60, 70; 23 IL ADC 235.APP. A, B, C
From Illinois Register: This rulemaking resulted from the state board's application for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to design and implement early learning and development systems that are comprehensive in scope and c...
|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...
|GA||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||Age for Kindergarten or First Grade Entry for Children Moving from Abroad|
H.B. 706 - Age for Kindergarten or First Grade Entry for Children Moving from Abroad
Clarifies that provisions for child's entry into kindergarten and 1st grade for a child who was a legal resident of one or more states two years immediately prior to moving to Georgia also apply to children residing in one or more countries two years immediate...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||School Entrance and Lower Compusory School Ages|
Amends school entrance ages and compulsory school ages. Effective with the 2017-18 school year, kindergarten entrance age is 5 by August 1 and lower compulsory school age is 6 by August 1 (previous date for both was October 1). Directs local boards to adopt po...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||Enhanced Kindergarten Program for At-Risk Students|
Creates an early intervention program to provide funds for applicant school districts and charter schools to offer an enhanced kindergarten program targeted to at-risk students, focused on building age-appropriate literacy and numeracy skills using an evidence...
|WA||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||Statewide Implementation of the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills|
Requires the Washington kindergarten inventory of developing skills, beginning in the 2012-2013 school year and to the extent funds are available, to be administered at the beginning of the school year to all students enrolled in state-funded full-day kinderga...
|SD||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||Fee for Early Childhood Services|
Permits schools to charge a fee for early childhood services for any child who is under the age of compulsory attendance pursuant to § 13-27-1 and is not enrolled in kindergarten or a more advanced grade. http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2012/Bills/HB1195ENR....
|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...
|CT||Signed into law 07/2011||P-12||Closing the Achievement Gap/Early Literacy|
Sec. 1 - Establishes a task force to address the academic achievement gaps in Connecticut by considering effective approaches to closing the achievement gaps in elementary, middle and high schools. Requires the task force to submit a master plan to the General...
|OR||Signed into law 07/2011||P-12|
|Early Learning Council within the Oregon Education Investment Board|
S.B. 909 - Early Learning Council Section
Section 4 of this bill establishes the Early Learning Council (ELC) and ELC purposes. Specifies membership. Requires that moneys in the Oregon Education Investment Fund in the State Treasury be used for the purpose of funding the duties of the board related to...
|OR||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Kindergarten|
Statutes regarding the provision of half-day and supplemental kindergarten are scheduled to sunset with the 2011-2012 school year. S.B. 248 extends the applicability of law that requires school districts to offer half-day kindergarten and allows school distric...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||School Readiness Assessments|
Amends and reenacts existing statute relative to school readiness assessment. Provides relative to school readiness tests, inlcuding the selection, type, and content. Addresses the reporting of the results and implementation.
|FL||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Voluntary Prekindergarten Program|
H.B. 1255 - Sec. 12
Revises requirements for a good cause exemption for a Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Program provider who fails to meet minimum student readiness rates for kindergarten. Eliminates the cap on the percentage of VPK providers who may fail to meet student readin...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Delays Requirement that Districts Offer Full-Day Kindergarten|
The measure delays the requirement for the requirement for districts to provide full-day, free kindergarten until the 2013-14 school year. http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf/2011-12%20ENR/SB/SB260%20ENR.DOC...
|ND||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Kindergarten|
S.B. 2150 - Multiple Provisions
Requires each board to provide at least a half-day kindergarten program for any student enrolled in the district or pay the tuition required for the student to attend a kindergarten program in another school district. Requires a kindergarten instructional cale...
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2011||P-12||Kindergarten|
S.B. 1256--Kindergarten Finance
Arizona Revised Statute 15-821 is clarified. If a child who has not reached the age of five before September 1 of the current school year is admitted to kindergarten but withdraws and re-enroll the following year allows state age to be apportioned between the ...
|OH||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||All-Day Kindergarten|
H.B. 30 - All-Day Kindergarten
Repeals provision requiring districts to provide all-day kindergarten to all students beginning in fiscal year 2011. Permits a district that did not receive for fiscal year 2009 poverty-based assistance for all-day kindergarten to charge tuition or fees for st...
|ND||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Readiness Testing and Formative Assessments|
Allows districts to conduct readiness testing and formative assessments of incoming kindergarten students (within the regular school calendar or before the regular school calendar). Requires districts to provide to the parents of each incoming kindergarten stu...
|ND||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Kindergarten Entrance|
Allows exceptions to the kindergarten enrollment cut-off date (age 5 by August 1) unless the child will be 5 by Dec. 1 and can demonstrate, by means of developmental and readiness screening instruments approved by the superintendent of public instruction and a...
|MS||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Study of Earlier Kindergarten Entrance|
Directs the department of education to conduct a survey of public school districts to determine the feasibility of enrolling children in public school kindergarten who attain five years of age on July 1, as opposed to September 1. Requires that a report of the...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2010||P-12||Kindergarten Entrance Age|
Changes the required birthday for admission to kindergarten and first grade to November 1 for the 2012–13 school year, October 1 for the 2013–14 school year, and September 1 for the 2014–15 school year and each school year thereafter. Requires a child whose ad...
|HI||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Kindergarten Entrance Age and Junior Kindergarten Program|
Amends kindergarten entrance age; provides that beginning with the 2013-14 school year, a child who is at least 5 on the first day of kindergarten may attend a public school kindergarten. Directs the department of education and the early learning council to jo...
|NE||Signed into law 03/2010||P-12||Kindergarten Entrance|
Children are eligible for kindergarten if they are 5 years old by July 31, beginning with the 2012-13 school year. Previously, the cutoff date was Oct. 15. The bill includes an exception for children who turn 5 between Aug. 1 and Oct. 15 if they perform adequa...
|GA||Adopted 12/2008||P-12||State Assessments|
Eliminates reference to Georgia Kindergarten Assessment Program - Revised (GKAP-R). Provides all kindergarten students must be assessed using the Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS). Eliminates provisions that all students at grades 3, ...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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 ...
|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....
|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...