EdConnection

EdConnection

From the Superintendent

2/20/2014

Colleagues:

I’m passionate about all of Ohio’s girls and boys having a high-quality education that spans from preschool to high school graduation—and beyond. Everything we do, from the time a child enters an early learning program until they walk across a stage in a cap and gown must be focused on preparing that child to be successful in the world beyond Kindergarten through Grade 12; whether they choose to continue their education at one of our two- or four-year institutions or they choose to enter the workforce.

Our youngsters start their K-12 years at varying levels of readiness. Some have had many academic experiences and are well-prepared for Kindergarten. Others haven’t had those experiences and have a lot of work to do to be on a level field with their peers. If they don’t catch up quickly, they fall behind. And without proper instruction and intervention, as they grow older they disappear from our schools unprepared for the demands and opportunities the world presents.

Ohio’s new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
Ohio’s new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment will help us ensure a high-quality education for students from every background and skill level. The assessment will give teachers an almost immediate snapshot of every kindergartener’s knowledge and skills in six areas that affect school success: social skills, math, science, social studies, language and literacy, and physical well-being and motor development. Ohio’s old Kindergarten readiness assessment measured only a child’s knowledge of basic pre-reading concepts. Based on the new assessment, Ohio’s Kindergarten teachers will know how much and what kind of instruction each child needs to lay a good foundation for success in Kindergarten and the coming school years. 

More than a thousand Ohio Kindergarten teachers and administrators participated last week in a Kindergarten Readiness Assessment webcast hosted by the Ohio Department of Education. That recorded webcast and other information are posted on the department’s website. If your district staff has not seen the webcast, please urge them to view it and review the information now.

Thank you for all you do to ensure Ohio’s children receive a valuable education.

Sincerely,

Dr. Richard A. Ross
State Superintendent of Public Instruction