ERIC Number: ED108342
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Kindergarten and First Grade Minimum Entrance Age Policies. An ERS Information Aid.
Nationwide, the most frequently reported minimum age for entrance to kindergarten is five on or before the following January first. The most frequently reported minimum age for children to enter first grade is six years on or before January first. These are the findings of a survey completed in 1974. The results further showed that the most common exception to these minimum entrance age requirements is evidence of advanced maturity as measured by tests, interviews, and recommendations. The survey of selected school programs and administrative practices consisted of a questionnaire sent to 1,269 school systems in four strata: large (25,000 or more pupils), medium (12,000 to 24,999), small (3,000 to 11,999), and very small (300 to 2,999). Of the systems responding from all strata, 543 answered the following questions: What is your official policy with respect to the minimum age at which a child is admitted to kindergarten or first grade? Does your school system make exceptions to this policy? If yes, please explain the exceptions. A table lists the individual entrance age policies of the 543 responding systems. (Author)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Age, Age Grade Placement, Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten Children, Primary Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.