Monday, November 15, 2021

Surprise! Kindergarteners Scores Fall

 The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement.

  The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has released the fall 2021 assessment for kindergarten readiness.

Among the 33,265 kindergarteners tested, 31.8% scored kindergarten-ready with a score of 530 or higher on the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment. Statewide, the average score was 487.

Results of students scoring kindergarten-ready in previous years were 36.6% in fall 2019 and 36.1% in fall 2018.

MDE allowed school districts to test students remotely in fall 2020 due to the pandemic. Districts and schools had access to their own district-level and school-level data to make instructional decisions to improve readiness and growth. The fall 2020 results were not publicly reported because of concerns with comparability of data from previous years, validity and test administration flexibilities.

The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment evaluates early literacy skills, revealing students’ understanding and capabilities upon entering school.

The minimum beginning-of-year kindergarten scale score associated with 70% mastery is 530. A score of 530 indicates a student can identify most letters of the alphabet and match most letters to their sounds. Students are beginning to “read” picture books and are building their vocabulary, listening skills and understanding of print.

Research shows 85% of students who score 530 or higher on the assessment at the beginning of kindergarten are proficient in reading at the end of 3rd grade.

“The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment is further proof of the pandemic’s impact on students in the state,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. “Mississippi’s kindergarten teachers are outstanding. Yearly, their hard work leads to significant gains for the state’s youngest students, and I anticipate seeing those gains when students are retested in spring 2022.”


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Anonymous said...

Let's check out Dr. Wright's claims here about 'success'.

32% of the kids scored ready, and 85% of those are expected to be proficient in reading at the end of the 3rd grade.

So out of 32,000 kids, 8,700 of them should be able to read BY THE END OF the 3rd grade. Hell, when I went to school, without having had the opportunity to go to kindergarten, my whole class was reading by the end of the 1st grade.

Anonymous said...

“Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.”

Anonymous said...

"I anticipate as many as 27% of our high school graduate-scholars will pass bonehead English on their third or fourth attempt during their first year of post-secondary matriculation."

Anonymous said...

Y’all blaming Carey Wright for a kids scores testing what they know before they start school? This one is on the parents.

Anonymous said...

@7:27am - Of course they are, the parents are products of our public schools and obviously not educated enough to make that simple deduction.

Anonymous said...

They need more money.

Anonymous said...

Fortunately the school system can blame all their failures on COVID-19 for the next two decades.

Anonymous said...

Weird. We were all reading by first grade. Even the dumb ones ! Only kids who went to pre school was the same ones who went to private school later.

Anonymous said...

I'd fire Carey Wright for her idiotic comments about kindergarten teachers being the best and how superbly involved they are yada yada...and then blaming this shit on covid.

However, the old woman knows those that could fire her will be swayed by her bullshit and it will, naturally, buy her more time until she is eventually PERS vested and can catch a northbound train.

Free Baby Sitting Service said...

Oh my, there go their full-ride scholarships to Stanford, Harvard, and Yale.

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