Kindergarten readiness in Mississippi
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The Fall Readiness Benchmark = 530: This is the score that is recommended on the state kindergarten readiness assessment at the beginning of kindergarten (Fall). Research indicates that 85% of students scoring 530 or higher at the beginning of kindergarten are proficient in reading at the end of grade 3. Students with a score below 530 usually need additional support. The state average on the assessment was 502, which is below the readiness benchmark.
STAR Literacy Classification Levels:
1. Emergent 2. Transitional 3. Probable
Early Emergent Reader (330-487):
Understands printed text has meaning, can identify colors, shapes, letters, and numbers.
Late Emergent Reader (488-674):
Identify letters of alphabet, "read" picture books, and can read favorite books with an adult.
Mastered alphabet skills and letter sounds, can blend sounds and word parts to read simple words.
Recognizes words, spends less time sounding out words and more time understanding what is being read.
Mississippi Department of Education
Available at: https://mdereports.mdek12.org/
Updated January 2020.
The Spring Readiness Benchmark = 681.
Mississippi KIDS COUNT
- Mississippi KIDS COUNT
- Family and Children Research Unit, Social Science Research Center
- PO Box 5287
- Mississippi State, MS 39762
Linda H. Southward, Ph.D., Program Director
A division of the SSRC at Mississippi State University, the Family and Children Research Unit (FCRU) conducts research on issues affecting the health, safety, and well-being of children and families.