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Report show more Maryland kids prepared for kindergarten

kindergartenMaryland kids are better prepared for kindergarten than ever before, according to a new report by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Kindergarteners in Maryland public schools are walking in with better academic, physical and social skills than ever before, according to the report titled “Children Entering School Ready to Learn—School Readiness Information for School Year 2013-14.”

The study revealed steady progress across all demographic subgroups. Maryland students entering kindergarten fully prepared for learning stood at 83 percent in 2014 — an increase of 69 percent over the past 12 years.

“Our nation’s achievement gap doesn’t suddenly materialize in third grade, eighth grade, or high school. It walks through the kindergarten door,” said State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery. “The only way to eliminate gaps in achievement among racial and economic subgroups is by providing top quality early childhood education. The data is clear: it really works.”

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