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school district wants to test my 3y/o dd

My dd will start upk(universal pre-kindergarten) this coming fall and we got a notice in the mail today saying we need to submit her for testing on 8/19/2010(2wks before the start of school).
Is this normal
she is bi-lingual (she speaks both English and Spanish) and speaks them both with great fluency.
she can write her name, ABC's(both sets)(and can say them)

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Asked by Prayingforbaby1 at 11:42 PM on Aug. 3, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • no, I've never had to do that

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:45 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • wow...we live here in TX and they don't do that...we have high number hispanics too...wierd.

    Answer by Leezah at 11:52 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • we live in the hudson valley (new york)

    Comment by Prayingforbaby1 (original poster) at 11:56 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • My DD had a pre screening a week before kindergarten started. All the kids around here have that. They say so they can tell if any of them need any special help, so they can schedule it accordingly. It's a blanket policy for all. If you are concerned you are being single out call the school district and ask why this is being done!!!


    Answer by Morgain at 11:59 PM on Aug. 3, 2010

  • the lady who lives next door to me her son is the same age as dd and she said she does not have to do it so i will be calling in the am

    Comment by Prayingforbaby1 (original poster) at 12:03 AM on Aug. 4, 2010

  • Wonder if it's because she's spanish-speaking? Maybe they don't realize she speaks fluent English, or they just want to make sure?

    Answer by Adelicious at 12:40 AM on Aug. 4, 2010

  • Don't worry about this, it's just basic stuff like writing their names, coloring, numbers, ABC's, they are seeing where your child is in their stage of development. That way, if special needs like OT (occupational therapy), speech therapy ,are needed then they can help your child get the help he/she needs when school starts.

    Answer by amessageofhope at 12:43 AM on Aug. 4, 2010

  • In Missouri to start pre-k at 3 you have to go thru testing. They look for any delays or advancements so they can place the child accordingly. They also test to make sure the child is emotionally not just academically ready. Hope this helps. Good luck.

    Answer by zadesmom1998 at 12:58 AM on Aug. 4, 2010

  • they don't do it here, unless you say that your child is "bilingual"... around here they do testing to be sure that they do actually understand english properly, or if they are that far advanced to place them in a class to suit their needs. There are some parents around here to say "bilingual" because their kid watches Dora and knows 10 words in Spanish... while others are fluent in both... so they test to see where your kiddo should really fit.

    Answer by asil at 11:48 AM on Aug. 4, 2010

  • They do that here. If they know enough then they get put on a waiting list and if there's room then they start 4-K. If there's not room then they have to wait until 5-K. They accept the kids who really need the extra help here first and then fill in the vacant slots with the rest.

    Answer by ziff130 at 8:53 AM on Aug. 5, 2010

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