FCE Kindergarten students score 2nd in state

By French Camp Elementary

The Kindergarten class at French Camp Elementary School’s Scale Score Average on the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment was the second highest in the state.

This is based on information that was released by the Mississippi Department of Education on October 17, 2014. The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment provides parents, teachers, and early childhood providers with a common understanding of what children know and are able to do upon entering Kindergarten. It is also used to measure how well pre-kindergarten programs prepare four-year-olds to be ready for kindergarten based upon the Mississippi Early Learning Standards for Classrooms Serving Four-Year-Old Children. The primary purpose of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment is to improve the quality of classroom instruction and other services provided to students from birth to 3rd grade. The test is designed for students who do not yet read independently. It contains 27 items assessing early literacy and numeracy skills. It gives students the opportunity to perform their best and gives educators the ability to accurately track student achievement.

The Kindergarten Readiness Benchmark of 530 is the scale score associated with 70 percent mastery of the assessed early literacy skills. French Camp Elementary’s average scale score was 586. This score is classified under the level of Emergent Reader. These students can identify most of the letters of the alphabet and can match most of the letters to their sounds. The students are also beginning to “read” picture books and familiar words around the home. Through repeated reading of favorite books with an adult, students at this stage are building their vocabularies, listening skills, and understandings of print. Based on a four-year longitudinal study, 84% of students at the beginning of Kindergarten with a scale score of 530 or above on Star Early Literacy meet or exceed the criterion for proficient reading at the end of third grade, which was set by a national standard setting committee.

We contribute our students’ scores to our pre-kindergarten program. Research has shown that by the time some children reach kindergarten, they are already far behind their peers in skills and measures of school readiness. These educational gaps tend to be much more difficult to close as children advance through elementary, middle, and high school. We realize that our investments in our pre-kindergarten services help better prepare your children for school success. Pre-kindergarten has emerged as an important strategy to promote school readiness and close achievement gaps in elementary school and beyond.

We would like to thank our teachers and parents for their hard work and the time they have spent preparing our students for success in kindergarten and life.