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S.F. No. 33 - Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (As Amended by the A-3 Amendment)
 
Author: Senator Charles W. Wiger
 
Prepared By: Ann Marie Lewis, Senate Counsel (651/296-5301)
 
Date: March 26, 2019



 

Section 1, subdivision 1.  Implementation.  (a) Directs the commissioner to implement a kindergarten readiness assessment to:

  1. identify student preparedness for success in school;
  2. inform instructional decision-making;
  3. improve understanding of connection between kindergarten readiness and later academic achievement; and
  4. produce data to assist in evaluating the effectiveness of early childhood programs.

(b) Directs the commissioner to provide districts with a process for measuring on a comparable basis the kindergarten readiness of incoming kindergarteners.

Subd. 2.  Assessment development.  Requires the assessment tools used to be research-based, developmentally appropriate, valid and reliable, aligned to the state early childhood indicators of progress and kindergarten academic standards, and based on the department’s kindergarten readiness assessment at kindergarten entrance study.

Subd. 3.  Reporting.  Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, requires school districts to annually report kindergarten readiness results under this section to the department concurrent with the district’s world’s best workforce report. Requires the commissioner to publicly report kindergarten readiness results as part of the school performance reports.

Subd. 4.  Longitudinal data system.  Directs the commissioner to integrate kindergarten readiness data into the longitudinal educational data systems.

Section 2Appropriations.  Appropriates a blank amount in fiscal years 2020 and 2021 for the kindergarten assessment program.

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