JCPS using readiness screening to individualize kindergarten learning


by Rachel Platt

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 19 at 9:59 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Tuesday is the first day of class for Jefferson County Public Schools, are your kids ready?

Believe it or not, two thirds of children starting kindergarten last year in JCPS weren't ready. For the first time this school year the state will use a readiness screener, but as a parent there is a similar one you can use.

At Lincoln Performing Arts Magnet School, parents and students are invited to kindergarten camp to help everyone get familiar with the school routine. Assistant principal Mike Ice said he wants it to be a positive experience for both students and their parents.

Entering the halls at Lincoln can be intimidating for new students and the Kindergarten Camp event at the school Monday will helped everyone “break the ice,” thanks to some help from Stage One.

At the event students and parents broke into groups, introduced themselves and talked about things they like. Principal Susan French said it's all about getting everyone comfortable and easing anxiety a bit.

Mikey Vernon, who will begin kindergarten Tuesday, was part of the camp. Mikey knows his colors, a good first step, but there are other things JCPS will look for with the new readiness screening like counting to 10 and knowing the alphabet.

Mikey is well on his way, his mother said  she's worked with all three of her children, just like her parents did.

Lincoln will be screening all kindergartners in the first few days of the new school year to assess where they'll individualize their instruction.
The better prepared your children are, the more successful they'll be in school.

Being prepared for the emotions of the day, well, that's another story. Mikey’s mom said she’s nervous and may even cry! Lucky for Mikey, being prepared can be as simple as knowing your ABC's.

Click here for a copy of the JCPS student readiness document. Here for the Spanish version.