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How does your pre-K program stack up?



Prek_3 You knew it was coming: They can't make four-year-olds take the FCAT, but the state has found a way to hold pre-kindergarten providers accountable.

The readiness ratings -- based on a scale approved earlier this week by the Board of Education -- can help parents choose schools. It's based on an evaluation of what every kindergarten student knew when they arrived at school. Check out the school-by-school results at the state's voluntary pre-K site.

There's also a list of low performers, the so-called bottom 15 percent. They're required to submit improvement plans. Of course, some have complained that the ratings aren't fair. You could argue that's just one more lesson to prepare kids for the real world.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:18am]


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