Massachusetts will assess kindergarteners to evalute their school readiness.
. . . teachers would measure students’ early knowledge of literacy and math by carefully observing and questioning them during classroom activities, meticulously documenting their performance against a set of state standards, and including samples of their work. They will also take note of students’ social, cognitive, emotional, and physical development.
Education officials hope the information — how many kids can read? how many don’t know their ABCs? — will help the state “more effectively target money and create new programs for elementary schools with large numbers of students lagging in key skills,” reports the Boston Globe. In addition, the data will be used to improve preschool programs.