What does "school readiness" mean?

The term “school readiness” means that children are ready to and benefit from their experiences in kindergarten.

How do I know if my child is ready for kindergarten?

Every child's development is unique and complex. Although children develop through a generally predictable sequence of steps and milestones, they may not proceed through these steps in the same way or at the same time. A child's development is also greatly influenced by factors in his or her environment and the experiences he or she has. School staff will take your child where he or she is and provide educational experiences that are designed to move your child to the next level.

How is school readiness measured?

The BRIGANCE Kindergarten Screener is a screening tool used statewide upon kindergarten entry. It assesses whether a child is ready to hit the ground running at the start of his or her education career.

How are the results of the kindergarten screener used?

The screener provides teachers with an individual snapshot of each student’s current development and abilities and, collectively, the development of a class. The screener is aligned with both Kentucky’s "school readiness" definition and Kentucky’s Early Childhood Standards (704 KAR 5:070).