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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12 2014 4:00 a.m. MST

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Eliot
Genola, UT

States tend to look at their subjects as machines that need to be tested and, if found to be deficient, fixed.

pat1
Taylorsville, UT

I'm not in favor of such intense testing of kindergarten age children. Some boys, especially, don't come into their own scholastically that early. Learning is good, but pressure is not. It could teach them to dread school, already a problem for a lot of young men. Put me down for a disagree on this one.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

It is interesting that they have identified the symptom, but what is really the problem?

Is it that the mothers that are at home with the children are not teaching them much of anything before they get into kindergarten? Or is it that so many parents are sending their kids to daycare where they are just allowed to "free range" without being taught anything? Or is it somewhere inbetween.

So the kids don't know what they should, but what is the cause. Without knowing the cause of the problem, you can't do anything to figure out a solution.

Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

Redshirt,

I agree, that we need to identify the cause, and intuitively I think we all know what the cause is. Fifty years ago when I was a 'pre-school" child the most important thing in most parents lives were their children. Parents, Grandparents, older siblings all read to children daily in the majority of homes. Children learned many skills through play. Today, more and more parents are not involved in their childs life, the child is in day care for the majority of the day and when the get home from work, they are tired, so they allow the tv to be the babysitter for the child.

Reading is the key to everything, and study after study show that students who were read to during the pre-school years score much higher all the way through school than those who were not read to. Parents need to engage in their child's life.

worf
Mcallen, TX

I know several people from Oregon.

None of them are worried of incoming kindergartners.

Could this be another political game greater control?

s_harper
SLC, UT

Since the brain is hard-wired for language acquisition, assessments for oral lexicon at kindergarten are a good base-line for educators. Studies show that some students have a 5,000-word oral lexicon at entrance to K. Others have 500 words. Those who have a large oral lexicon in another language may have few words they understand in English when they start school. THAT is useful data to for educators. Add longitudinal studies (e.g. Maryland's students) of how successful those three groups are K-12 (we've got a plethora of tests & assessments these days) and educators could make some intelligent decisions re: ECE.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Assessments? Doesn't take a rocket scientist to find a good base-line.

An experienced teacher knows within a week.

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