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Document Number: 9860

A Review of School Readiness Practices in the States: Early Learning Guidelines and Assessments - According to this brief by Child Trends not all states use school readiness standards well or to their full advantage. While all states have standards in place to assess what children have learned and should be able to do by the end of their pre-k year, only 29 states assess children’s school readiness at the beginning of kindergarten. The brief also provides guiding principles for developing school readiness practices: school readiness is more than academics; policies should examine early education programs and family characteristics and community factors; early learning standards are developmentally appropriate and are aligned with K-12 standards; assessments of young children are appropriate for the age group and scientifically sound. (Child Trends, June 2010)...

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