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2016 State of Kindergarten Readiness


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How prepared are today's pre-k students? We surveyed kindergarten expectations of pre-k and kindergarten educators and compared those expectations to the current practices in pre-k classrooms today.

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2016 State of Kindergarten Readiness

  1. 1. 2016 State of Kindergarten Readiness Pre-K Administrators: What You Need to Know
  2. 2. About the Research Abrams Learning Trends, an educational publisher, surveyed more than 300 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers and administrators affiliated with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in the fall of 2015. Participants were each given a 20-question survey, specific to their area of expertise, with questions related to the subject of kindergarten readiness. The surveyed teachers and administrators worked in a variety of educational settings, including public, private, and parochial schools. The survey was issued over a 3-day period on-site at NAEYC’s 2015 Annual Conference and Expo (Orlando, Florida).
  3. 3. Participants Were Divided into Four Groups Pre-K Teachers Kindergarten Administrators Kindergarten Teachers Pre-K Administrators
  4. 4. Are today’s pre-k graduates fully prepared for kindergarten?
  5. 5. According to Pre-K Teachers... 67% say that more than half of their students graduate ready for kindergarten.
  6. 6. According to Kindergarten Teachers... Only 39% say more than half of their students enter school kinder-ready.
  7. 7. Struggling Kindergartners 57% of kindergarten administrators and 61% of kindergarten teachers say half or more of their students are struggling.
  8. 8. Today’s Pre-K students might not be as ready as Pre-K educators believe.
  9. 9. What skills do Pre-K teachers value most and spend the most time teaching in the classroom?
  10. 10. Social-Emotional Development 66% of pre-k teachers and administrators say social-emotional development is the most important predictor of kindergarten readiness. Which skill area is the most important in predicting kindergarten readiness?
  11. 11. Social-Emotional Development 70% of pre-k teachers spend the majority of their time on social-emotional development. On which skill area do you spend the most instructional time?
  12. 12. While social-emotional development is vital to a Pre-K student’s success, kindergarten readiness is made up of much more.
  13. 13. The Two Parts of Kindergarten Readiness Developmental Readiness ● Social-Emotional Development ● Language Development ● Gross & Fine Motor Skills Academic Readiness ● Emergent Reading ● Mathematics ● Content Areas
  14. 14. The Current State of Unbalance On which skill area do you spend the most instructional time? As indicated by the 96% of pre-k classrooms where academic readiness skills are not the top instructional priority, it’s possible that on any given day a pre-k classroom could be devoid of foundational lessons in reading, mathematics, and the content areas.
  15. 15. The Current State of Unbalance Percentage of Pre-K Classroom Time Spent on Key Skill Areas Only 4% of pre-k teachers prioritize academic readiness skill areas.
  16. 16. Time is of the Essence With a finite number of hours each day, pre-k teachers are susceptible to falling into the trap of tackling their to-do list in a linear fashion. When already pressed for time, many default to covering skills they know best, which means critical academic readiness skills are often left untouched.
  17. 17. Weaving Skills Together is Key Rather than trying to cover more faster, the answer to doing it all in the pre-k classroom is integrating skills together in such a way that teachers can cover the developmental readiness skills they value with the academic readiness skills kindergarten teachers need. How do you integrate your instruction? Click here to download 3 sample lessons.
  18. 18. Download the Full Report 2016 State of Kindergarten Readiness Download the full, 16-page report now to gain valuable insights into the current state of kindergarten readiness.