More Howard County Kindergartners Ready for School than ever
10:13 AM, Apr 12, 2013
Ellicott City, Md - Eighty-nine percent of Howard County kindergartners are fully school ready according to the Maryland State Department of Education's 2012-13 Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR) Kindergarten Assessment.
This represents a two point gain from last year and a 23-point gain from the first assessment in 2001-02. It is also higher than the state's overall readiness of 82 percent.
Each year since 2001-02, kindergarten teachers have used the MMSR to individually assess the readiness of each of their students, including what they are able to do in the seven Domains of Learning: Language and Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Scientific Thinking, Social Studies, the Arts, Physical Development and Social and Personal Development.
The MMSR is a set of systematic, carefully defined daily observations, work samples and age appropriate guidelines by which a teacher assesses the skills of each entering kindergartner.
Teachers are trained by the Maryland State Department of Education to effectively use the MMSR.