More Howard County Kindergartners Ready for School than ever

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.

The complete school readiness report is available at


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