Kindergarteners get assessment tests in D.C. schools


In the District of Columbia, officials are in the process of developing a plan to begin assessment testing on kindergarten students. Annette Bridges, the assistant superintendent of early childhood education, reported to The Washington Examiner that plans are in the beginning stages and may change as the Office of the State Superintendent for Educators progresses.

The assessment tests would focus on matters such as physical and motor development, scientific thinking, and math concepts, Bridges reported. The assessments would be administered within the first six weeks of school, and label students between “below basic” and “advanced.” Officials are aiming that schools will voluntarily test their students this fall and ultimately be extended to charter schools and D.C. Public Schools by the 2013 school year.


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