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The school my child will be going to kindergarten next year says they will be doing an assessment on the kids the first week to see where they need to place the kids....

What does this mean exactly? What does this involve? Will i find out how my child did?


Asked by Anonymous at 7:35 PM on Jun. 7, 2010 in

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  • The reason schools do this is to make the classes more balanced. So one class doesn't have all advanced kids or all not so advanced kids. It has nothing to do with tracking, that is done regardless. The assessment is to see what your child already knows (colors, shapes, recognizes some letters, numbers,their name, can answer questions independently, can function without mom or dad.) It really is nothing to worry about, it's just to get placement and make sure classes are evenly selected.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:04 PM on Jun. 12, 2010

  • Some big schools put the children in classes according to abilities. That might be what they are doing. There are good things and bad things about doing this. It depends on the kind of testing that they do if you will find out the results. You can ask the school for more information.


    Answer by Gailll at 7:38 PM on Jun. 7, 2010

  • They are simply going to see what children know going into Kindergarten--their ABC's, counting, shapes, colors, etc., and will place them in classes with other students who are in the same range as they are, or arrange for a reading specialist, or learning support teacher to help them to catch up.

    For many children, Kindergarten is their first time in a formal educational setting. Those children who have attended preschool are likely to be ahead of those who did not, and to ensure that children maximize their education they want to be able to address everyone's needs.

    School district assessments vary, but you should be able to obtain a general idea by calling your school district administration office and ask to speak to someone in the school registration department.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:41 PM on Jun. 7, 2010

  • My school did the same thing when I was in first grade. I was at a higher reading level than my peers, and so I went to the third grade class when they did their reading lessons.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:44 PM on Jun. 7, 2010

  • Your child will be in a school that does tracking...

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:48 PM on Jun. 7, 2010

  • Your child will be in a school that does tracking...


    Answer by Anonymous at 7:54 PM on Jun. 7, 2010

  • just so you know you are not going to know every milestone that your child does or does not do in school. Many schools assess them to see where they are thats normal. Don't start stressing over this they constantly assess kids IE grades! They test them alot too and in kinder its often orally with word sounds, blending words, numbers,etc. You will have to ask and thats what you have to do in school to really see whats going on and how they are doing. Don't worry if they are struggling you will know but I always like to be sure they are on track especially with the oldest because I am not sure where he should be.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:53 PM on Jun. 7, 2010

  • It's not necessarily for tracking (grouping students by ability). Assessments are done to provide the teachers with valuable information about which skills the students have mastered. They are also used to form classes that evenly distribute students by ability.


    Answer by maxswolfsuit at 10:09 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

  • "Your child will be in a school that does tracking..."

    Hate to break it to you rkoloms, but all schools do tracking, even the ones that don't call it that. How do you think they identify who is struggling & who is advanced? How do you think they balance classrooms with learners of different abilities? How do you think districts figure out where they will need to add or remove teachers, if they need to redistribute classrooms or increase the budget?

    Why post such a cryptic answer without further explanation anyway? Not everybody knows what "tracking" means, especially a parent who is new to the world of public education.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:10 PM on Jun. 8, 2010

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