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Document Number: 9861

Kindergarten Readiness Data: Improving Children’s Success in School - This Children Now brief asserts that a well-designed kindergarten-readiness assessment system that encompasses all major developmental domains in young children would benefit students and educators at the local level as well as administrators and policy makers at the district and state levels. The brief recommends that state leaders engage stakeholders to develop a common vision of what data are needed and what an assessment system should be and should not be used for, design a model assessment strategy, pilot the strategy and monitor its expansion, ensure that school readiness data are linked to the K-12 education data system, and make data accessible for teachers, parents, administrators, and policy makers. (Children Now, May 2009)...

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