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Maryland General Assembly
Ready for Kindergarten?
Ready for Kindergarten?

Even Maryland's youngest students are feeling the effect of the state's switch to the more rigorous academic requirements of the Common Core standards. This week state officials reported that fewer than half the state's 4- and 5-year-olds are "fully ready" to succeed when they enter Kindergarten, down from 83 percent who were judged ready in 2014. That dramatic drop is almost entirely due to the introduction of new achievement tests this year that measure students' skills against the higher standards embodied in the Common Core. Educators have long known that strong early childhood education programs for pre-K and Kindergarten students can vastly improve...