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ERIC Number: ED509204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 157
Abstractor: ERIC
Children Entering School Ready to Learn: 2009-2010 Maryland Model for School Readiness
Maryland State Department of Education
Each year, Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) informs policymakers and practitioners of what children know and are able to do when they start formal education in kindergarten. This report provides a profile of children's skill levels as they enter school based on the evaluation of their teachers. It includes valuable trend data about the school readiness levels of specific groups of children for the state and each of the 24 jurisdictions in Maryland. The major results of the report are: (1) More children are starting kindergarten better prepared for school than last year. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of the entering kindergarten students were evaluated by their teachers as "fully" ready for kindergarten, a five percent (5%) increase over the previous year and a twenty-nine percent (29%) increase since 2001-02. This statistically significant increase occurred for both the composite score for Language and Literacy and Mathematical Thinking from 2001-02. The increase in Language and Literacy since 2001-02 is thirty-one percent (31%) and the increase in Mathematical Thinking is thirty-two percent (32%); and (2) English Language Learners are making significant progress compared to last year. The number of English Language Learners who were evaluated by their teachers as fully ready increased by five percent (5%) compared to last year's data and thirty percent (30%) since 2001-02. African Americans are continuing to make progress as well. The number of African Americans who were evaluated by their teachers as fully ready increased by two percent (2%) compared to last year's data and thirty-four percent (34%) since 2001-02. These increases are a reflection of the work in the early childhood community to improve the early learning opportunities for the English Language Learners and African American children. Appendices include: 1) Maryland Model for School Readiness Kindergarten Assessment Work Sampling System[R] (WSS) Indicators of Learning; (2) Tables representing the following: (a) School Readiness Information--Introduction to Scoring; (b) Presentation of School Readiness Information; (c) Definitions; and (d) School Readiness Information for Maryland, 24 Local School Systems, and Maryland School for the Deaf; (3) Frequently Asked Questions; (4) Percentage of Kindergarten Students Assessed as "Fully Ready" by Domain and Subgroup, including (a) School Year 2001-02, 2008-09, and 2009-10; and (b) State of Maryland Trend Data 2001-2009; (5) Maryland Model for School Readiness--Composite Results by Jurisdiction, 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. (Contains 8 footnotes.) [For the "Children Entering School Ready to Learn: 2008-2009 Maryland Model for School Readiness" report, see ED509203.]
Maryland State Department of Education. 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Tel: 410-767-0600; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Department of Education
Identifiers - Location: Maryland