Share of students that demonstrate kindergarten readiness by skill area, by program (state-level)

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Definitions: Percentage of kindergarten students, by program, in Washington state that demonstrate characteristics that are typical of children entering kindergarten in six key areas of development: social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy, and mathematics. Programs include the Free and Reduced Price Lunch program for low-income students, Special Education, and English Language Learners.

Data Source: This data is gathered as part of the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) whole-child assessment.  Data were retrieved on March 23, 2016 from: http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/DataDownload.aspx

Footnotes: Data last updated in March 2016 by Washington KIDS COUNT.

The WaKIDS whole-child assessment data provides a snapshot of student development at the start of the school year.  Kindergarten teachers assess their students skill development in six areas: social-emotional, physical, cognitive, language, literacy, and mathematics.  Data is gathered using the observational tool Strategies GOLD.  More information about the characteristics of typical kindergarten students that form the benchmarks for this assessment can be found here: http://www.k12.wa.us/WaKIDS/pubdocs/CharacteristicsofEnteringKindergarteners-English.pdf

The WaKIDS assessments are required as a part of state-funded, full-day kindergarten.  Therefore, students enrolled in full-day kindergarten programs that are not state-funded and have not opted to implement WaKIDS are not included in the assessment.  This may also mean that student totals appear smaller than actual enrollments. 

According to "Educating English Language Learners in Washington State 2007-2008: Report to Legislature (OSPI Document No. 08-005)," English language learners (ELL) are defined by state law as those students whose primary language is other than English and who have English language skill deficiencies that impair their learning in regular classrooms. ELLs are served by OSPI Migrant and Bilingual programs.

Special Education students are children with disabilities participating in OSPI Special Education and related services. 

Students eligible for free or reduced priced meals administered by OSPI Child Nutrition Services are low income.