For those of you who are reading about this for the first time; we decided not to send my son to Kindergarten last year because he has a Summer birthday and felt he was not ready. Our school district has a Kindergarten assessment that takes place in the spring. According to them, they use this assessment to balance out classrooms and adjust their curriculum to meet the needs of the incoming students. I don't like assessments or anything that assigns a number to a 5 or 6 year old before they have started school, but that's another post.
I was interested to see how my son would do this year, since he finished another year of preschool and is now reading. Imagine my surprise when his scores were basically the same as last year. For reading readiness the possible score was 102; last year his score was 54, this year 65. I'm not disappointed in the number he received, just curious as to why it hasn't really changed. I'm not bragging about his ability to read, but he does read. Not chapter books, but most of the words in any early reader book. My guess is this is just a number written down by the woman who met with him for 20 minutes. Maybe her coffee was getting cold, or he was tired that day. What bothers me is this number concerned me last year. It made me wonder if he was ready for Kindergarten, and that is why testing and assigning numbers like this is bad. I know my son and I think he is smart...yes, I am biased, but I let something like this make me think otherwise. I don't like that another parent received this letter today and is now fretting over their child's score, when it is not accurate. I hope that by discussing this here, another parent will feel better or understand this process more.
At the end of the letter it states, "You may wish to work on any skills identified as below the expected level during the summer months." So, are we supposed to cram them with letter sounds and sight words in the next 6 weeks? Make sure they are frightened of school and testing? I think there is more to Kindergarten readiness than reading; can they separate from Mom? Can they put on their coat or tie their shoes? Can they hold a pencil? Know their address and phone number? Are they prepared to be tested until they can no longer think?
Your thoughts? Does your school have Kindergarten assessments? Am I going to survive this without bursting into tears in the Target school supply aisle?