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How's your pre-K?




More than 100,000 Florida 4-year-olds participated in the state's Voluntary Prekindergarten program during 2006-07. A new report from the state Department of Education suggests that the kids who took the classes were more ready for kindergarten than their counterparts who stayed home.

For instance, 72 percent of the pre-k students were "above average" in letter naming, compared to 56 percent of non pre-k students. See the full data sheet here.

The information is designed to determine kindergarten readiness. But the state also uses it to determine whether the preschools where the kids attended met the state's VPK standards. That's been roundly criticized as a bad idea for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that the kids don't take a pretest, so no one knows if the preschool actually helped at all.

So far, the Legislature has shown no indication to change the system, though. So if you're interested in seeing your preschool's score - it's on a 0 to 300 scale with 300 being the best, click here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:34am]


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