Kindergarten Readiness Data in the News

“Three out of four Illinois kids are not ready for kindergarten.” – KIDS Report Observational Survey Tool.

The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey, or KIDS, is an observational survey tool used across the state to assess the readiness of incoming kindergarteners. The KIDS program, which kindergarten teachers began using statewide in 2017, focuses on four key domains: Approaches to Learning and Self-Regulation; Social and Emotional Development; Language and Literacy Development; and Cognition: Math. KIDS recently released its comprehensive 2017 data, revealing that 3 in 4 children are not ready for kindergarten. The McCormick Foundation's Education Program is dedicated to ensuring that Illinois' youngest residents arrive to kindergarten fully prepared to thrive in school.

Learn more about the 2017 KIDS Data here:

Just 24 Percent of Illinois Kindergartners Ready for School

Three out of Four Illinois Kids Aren't Ready for Kindergarten

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board
Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten? Probably Not

WBBM Newsradio
Board of Education Says Many Kids Not Ready for Kindergarten

Capitol Fax
Three Quarters of Illinois Kids May Not be Ready for School

WAND/Springfield-Decatur Public Radio
State Board Releases Kindergarten Readiness Data


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