The Agency of Education’s Ready for Kindergarten! Survey is an assessment of a child’s readiness for school used throughout Vermont each fall. Teachers assess students in five key areas: Physical Development and Health, Social and Emotional Development, Approaches to Learning, Communication, and Cognitive Development. The data help schools and early childhood partners assess student strengths and challenges.

The percent of children ready for kindergarten has remained relatively stable since 2015. As can be seen in Table 2, 74% of children who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch are considered ready for kindergarten, compared to 89% of students who are not eligible [1]. Third grade assessments are often paired with kindergarten readiness data.

Return to the Table of Contents for the 2019 How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families? report.

1. Vermont Agency of Education (2019). Ready for kindergarten! survey (R4K!S), 2018-2019: Report to Supervisory Unions/Supervisory Districts.