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ERIC Number: EJ877618
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Assessing School Readiness
Aiona, Shelli
Educational Perspectives, v38 n1 p47-50 2005
On the surface, it appears that it should be quite simple to identify the characteristics of a child who is ready for school and then to assess whether or not any given child has these characteristics. But readiness is a difficult construct and one that has been the topic of great debate. Assessment of readiness is even more challenging. Policies such as Goals 2000, and more recently No Child Left Behind (2001), have contributed to bringing the issues of school readiness and assessment of school readiness to the forefront. A variety of concerns surround the topic of assessing school readiness. These include (1) the ability of educators, parents, administrators, and policy makers to articulate an agreed upon definition of readiness; (2) coming to an understanding and agreement on appropriate and ethical methods of assessing readiness; and (3) agreement as to how the information gained will be used. In this article, the author provides an overview of the issues surrounding the assessment of school readiness.
College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Wist Annex 2 Room 131, 1776 University Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96822. Tel: 808-956-8002; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000; No Child Left Behind Act 2001