SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released a statewide kindergarten readiness report, with results from its Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS).
In the 2017-2018 school year, kindergarten teachers throughout the state began observing their students on a common set of developmental measures using KIDS. The data provides insight into children’s unique learning and support needs, measuring development in social and emotional, language and literacy, and math fields.
According to the study, 51% of children ages 5 and 6 in Dunlap CUSD 323 are “ready” for kindergarten by showing development in the three areas of the study. Locally, the only higher percentage is 62% in Bartonville SD 66.
Meanwhile, that number is at 19% in East Peoria SD 86, 0% in Creve Coeur SD 76, 27% in Bloomington SD 87, 11% in Germantown Hills SD 69, 38% in Dwight Common SD 232, 1% in La Salle ESD 122, 39% in Metamora CCSD1, 37% in McLean County USD5, 8% in Pekin PSD 108, 16% in Peoria SD 150 and 43% in Peoria Heights CUSD 325.
Data collected showed 26% of kids statewide demonstrated readiness in all three developmental areas, 17% in two areas and 18% in one area.
Peoria County Regional Superintendent Beth Crider says the results show the county has a lot of work to do in their schools.
“This is the foundation. So we need to get it right in kindergarten,” Crider said.
This is the second year the survey has been done, and Crider warns it’s too early to see a trend.
“You can’t make a big extrapolation about one group to the other. We need time,” she said.
Crider also says that a variety of readiness level is normal in the classroom.