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How would you feel if your child had to take a maturity test to get into kindergarten?

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Giving Kids 'Maturity Tests' for Kindergarten Admission Is Childish

Posted by Adriana Velez on April 27, 2012 

kindergartenShould kids have to take a maturity test to get into kindergarten? Tennessee legislators seem to think so. They think some young whippersnappers are trying to get into kindergarten too young. So they've introduced a new bill that pushes the cut-off birth date for kindergarten earlier. Kids who aren't yet 5 by August 31 next fall will have to take a maturity test to get into kindergarten. The kindergarten cut-off date was September 30. 

Now a lot of people are saying this is just about money. About 4,200 kids will be affected if this bill passes. But that maturity test? Sounds like a loophole to me. A loophole asking for trouble.

How on earth do you test for maturity? What are the standards? Out of diapers? No nose picking? Saying please and thank you without being prompted? Not crying when your parents drop you off at school? Is there a wiggles-per-minute rate?

What if your child just happens to be having a bad day on the day of the test? And if your child doesn't test well, can you appeal?

I guess I understand why they created this testing loophole -- parents are going to be pissed at this new cut-off date change. There are kids who have already been in preschool and want to move on with their peers. 

But if they introduce a maturity test, there will be arguments over the standards, appeals by parents who don't agree with the results -- it just opens up another set of problems. There's a similar law in Oregon, and I'm curious about how well those maturity tests are working there. Maybe there really are almost-5-year-olds who are so obviously immature it's not a close call?

How would you feel if your child had to take a maturity test to get into kindergarten?

by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 6:27 AM
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saush
by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 6:45 PM
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It sickens me that our little guys & gals are putting in the same # of work hours per day as their adult parents. I say delay conventional schooling for as long as possible. I hate seeing 5yo kids at the bus stop at 6:45am and then getting off the bus at 4:15pm. That's waayyy to long of a day. No way. I'm glad our DS is going to be 6 before he's eligible for kinder due to the cut off & that's assuming I even want to send him when the time comes in 2yrs.

firefay
by Member on May. 1, 2012 at 7:38 AM
My middle brother had one when he was supposed to go to kindergarten the first time. He wasn't mature enough and had to wait a year. So instead of being 5, he was 6. He's now 26 and finishing up a double major in music and business. He also has ADHD, which probably was a huge factor in kindergarten readiness. I believe it turned out really good for him to wait.
luvinhs
by on May. 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

My first thought after reading the article about maturity tests for Kindergarteners was "Well, there is one more thing to add to my list of reasons to homeschool".  However, for those kids whose parents ARE going to send them to PS, perhaps this test will keep some of them out a little bit longer.  If so, then it could be a good thing.  That being said, I find the whole idea of a maturity test ridiculous.

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