Kindergartens Reportedly Not Prepared for School

In a new state report, from the State Board of Education, it was reported that just 1 in 4 children in Illinois were fully prepared to enter kindergarten, in the most recent school year.  The Kindergarten Individual Survey report, which was released last week, stated that 26-percent of the 115,000 kindergartens were ready in 3 areas, including social and emotional development, language development and in math.  This year, the report stated that 39-percent of students were not ready in any of those 3 areas, with 18-percent being unprepared in one of those 3.  The report indicates that readiness benchmarks were lower for low-income students, who were qualified for free or a reduced lunch.  18-percent of under-resourced children were fully prepared in Illinois, compared to 34-perecnt who were not eligible for the lunch program.  Math is where Illinois kindergartners had the most trouble, with 33-perecnt indicating readiness.  Social and Emotional development was at 53-percent prepared, and 46-percent prepared in language and literacy.  Across the board, there was minimal progress from the previous year, with the statewide survey taking place during the 1st 40 days of the 2018-2019 year.  Illinois Governor JB Pritzker did include an additional $50-million for early childhood education on his new state budget, which is an increase of around 10-percent, in order to help a projected 4,600 to 5,800 more children.