Special to the Register
This year, Madison County Schools conducted the pilot program in Kentucky for a common kindergarten screening initiative, and the results were recently released.
The data obtained as 789 students were screened during the first 30 days of instruction, indicated that 20 percent of incoming students were ready for kindergarten, 74 percent were ready with supports and 6 percent were ready with enrichments.
The Brigance Kindergarten Screen is designed to determine each child’s developmental abilities. It helps kindergarten teachers plan individual instruction based on what children know and are able to do, according to a news release from the school district.
“Early success is important to helping our students build a strong academic foundation so they can go on to graduate from high school and beyond,” said Waco Elementary Principal Marsha VanHook. “It starts from day one in elementary school. The sooner we have a starting point identified for each student, the better we can be as teachers.”
“The Brigance Kindergarten Screen yields valuable information to us as a school from the beginning of the year,” VanHook said. “It allows us to be proactive in planning to meet the unique needs of our students and serves as a jump start for getting our resources aligned with those needs.”
The Brigance Screen is aligned to Kentucky’s definition of school readiness adopted in 2011. It measures children’s skills across key areas of school readiness that include five developmental areas: approaches to learning, social and emotional development, health and physical well-being, cognitive and general knowledge, and language and communication development.
“In Madison County, this data is a valuable resource for teachers of preschool, Head Start and our Early Childhood Alliance partners as we work together to make plans to improve kindergarten readiness,” said Mendy Mills, district instructional supervisor.
Schools and communities can use data from the screenings to plan for improving school readiness, she said.