Education

Some Louisville public schools have a vast majority of kindergarten students ready to tackle the curriculum. Other schools, have a lot of catching up to do, according to data released this week by the state education department.

The state has screened new kindergartners the past two years on basic skills, such as knowing the alphabet.

State education leaders expressed a desire in recent years to increase the number of children who have basic skills before starting kindergarten; efforts include a push to improve child care centers.

This school year, 51.9 percent of JCPS kindergartners were ready to begin their education—a slight decrease from the year before, WFPL’s Devin Katayama reported Wednesday.

But kindergarten readiness varies across JCPS—89.7 percent were ready at Greathouse-Shryock and Brandeis elementaries, 13 percent were ready at Slaughter Elementary.

As Devin noted on Wednesday:

JCPS has offered workshops to families who need help getting their children ready for kindergarten after data showed the lack of kindergarten readiness is disproportionate in some areas of the county.

The data showed 70.7 percent of JCPS kindergartners who were previously in child care were ready to start school, and 53.6 percent of children who’d been in the Head Start program were ready. In contrast, 32.2 percent of children who’d spent their days at home before entering a JCPS kindergarten class were ready.

Below are the percent of JCPS kindergarten students who were ready at the start of this school year and last, broken down by school.

JCPS Kindergarten Readiness

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