According to Maryland test results only 43 percent of kindergartners were ready for the 2016-2017 school term. Several school districts conducted the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment this past year. Garrett County students demonstrated skill they needed, with a 63 percent performance rating, the highest in the state. The testing deadline was October 1.
The test was shortened this year per the teachers’ requests and school districts were permitted to only test a sample of students. However, eight districts continued to test every kindergarten student, including Baltimore City, with test results showing only 38 percent of kindergarteners were ready for school. Another 40 percent of students fell into the “approaching” readiness category.
Carroll County students scored 51 percent, Howard County 50 percent, Anne Arundel County 45 percent, Harford County 42 percent and Baltimore County 41 percent, in the ready category.
The test measures academic readiness in math and language, along with motor development, social skills and physical well-being.