Maryland’s 2018 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) results are out, and are on the rise.
The Maryland State Board of Education found that 47 percent of Maryland kindergarteners had demonstrated readiness, meaning they are fully prepared to participate in the kindergarten curriculum. This is up from to 45 percent in 2017–18 and 43 percent in 2016–17.
“Every step we take in kindergarten readiness leads to a big, important leap in student success,” said Dr. Karen Salmon, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools. “Continued focus on quality early learning in our State may be the greatest investment we can make.”
Of the 53 percent of children across the state not fully prepared for kindergarten, 33 percent are approaching readiness—defined as displaying some of the foundational skills and behaviors that prepare him/her for the curriculum. The other 20 percent are “emerging readiness,” meaning they display minimal foundational skills and behaviors.
In Anne Arundel County, the number of proficient students is 48%; 49% in Baltimore County, 45% in Calvert, and 39% in Prince George’s.
The school readiness information for school year 2018-2019 is available online at and at .
If you’ve got a young one getting ready for kindergarten, make sure to check out our recent article on what’s expected of them, and what they should know coming out of preschool.