FRANKFORT — A report released Wednesday show slightly more than half of children entering kindergarten, both in Floyd County and across the state, are not prepared for school, and points out that county students face additional barriers, compared to their counterparts across the state.
The report, released by the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, for the first time provides a detailed picture of students entering kindergarten for every county in the state. Data for the report was collected from a new screening test used last fall in every school district in the state.
Gov. Steve Beshear said that the new data profile can help local education leaders better plan early childhood strategies.
“Better preparing children for school has positive long-term effects on school achievement,” Beshear said. “The Early Childhood Profile is a tool that can help communities assure that every child in the Commonwealth gets the best possible start in life.”
According to the report, nearly an identical number of students in Floyd County and statewide are not considered ready for school. In Floyd County, 51.8 percent of kindergarteners are not considered ready, compared to 51 percent across the state.
Floyd County’s results closely mirror the state’s in most individual measures, one area where local students scored far behind their counterparts statewide was in social and emotional measures. According to the report, only 40.5 percent of Floyd County kindergarteners scored “average” or “above average” in the Social-Emotional domain, compared to 56.4 percent statewide.
But while Floyd County kindergarteners slightly trail students statewide in terms of school preparedness, it appears they make up the difference and then some by the end of third grade. The report showed that 45.9 percent of Floyd County third-graders score “proficient” or “distinguished” in math on the statewide assessment, compared to a state average of 43.6 percent. In reading, the difference was even more pronounced, with 52.2 percent of Floyd County students scoring “proficient” or “distinguished,” compared to a state average of 47.7 percent.
“It is our hope that this compilation of data will create local dialogue and inform local action to improve results for our youngest children,” said Terry Tolan, executive director of the GOEC.