Readying Our State: How Kindergarten Readiness Inventories Can Benefit California

Brief  •  May 15, 2020

Summary

California should develop a strategy to collect and use kindergarten readiness data in every county and across the state, in order to improve school outcomes and direct funding for early childhood programs in the most effective way, this brief by the First 5 Center for Children’s Policy asserts.
By examining the ways Kindergarten Readiness Inventories (KRIs) have been used by individual California counties and other states, the brief makes the case for a system that would allow the state to link data from kindergarten to third grade math and reading scores, and to social emotional readiness. Such data would also help with mapping progress from year to year by geographic area, and offer insights into the benefits of different programs and investments.

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