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New assessments show half of Maryland's students ready for kindergarten
New assessments show half of Maryland's students ready for kindergarten

Less than half of Maryland's kindergartners are ready to tackle the Common Core curriculum that's being rolled out in schools, state officials reported Tuesday. Forty-seven percent of the students demonstrated knowledge in academic subjects such as language, literacy and math and developmental skills in areas such as physical well-being and social foundations. The Common Core, a set of academic standards adopted in 45 states, was introduced in Maryland in pre-kindergarten three years ago. The state last year revised its tool for assessing the ability of 4- and 5-year-olds to perform up to the standards. The findings released Tuesday are the first results of the new...

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