Somerset County public schools scores 3rd in state on Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – In Somerset County, school officials are celebrating a major accomplishment for their kindergarten program. Out of the whole state, Somerset County public schools placed 3rd on the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) and officials say this is big improvement compared to previous years. This year school officials say 60 % of their kindergarten students entered their kindergarten program ready to learn. Ideally, officials say they want to get that number to 100 %, but these scores show a steady improvement in kindergarten readiness. They also say that before the school year started their primary focus was getting more students ready to learn in order to increase this percentage. They add that with this recent improvement, they believe they can only go up from here.
“We’re not stopping with 60% obviously our goal is to have 100% of our children ready to learn but we take that information we look at our data we look at where our areas we need to improve are and yes we move up from there,” said Early Childhood Coordinator Karen Karten.
To continue to see those numbers increase school officials say they’re really pushing for their full day Pre-K curriculum that’s designed to get children ready to learn by the time they enter the school system. School officials add that at the start of each school year, teachers use the assessment to measure kindergarten readiness by observing children during the day. They say they ask them to answer selected-response items, and engage them in performance-based activities in order to identify their readiness levels.