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Kindergarten Readiness and How It Affects Your Child’s Future
posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - October 17th, 2013
Assessment is an integral part of the learning process so it’s no surprise that even five-year olds are now required to take kindergarten readiness tests. Experts believe it’s not just for placement or enrollment purposes because there’s a deeper reason behind kindergarten testing. Kindergarten testing is useful to determine your child’s strengths and weaknesses. The earlier they are discovered, the more the weaknesses can be addressed and the strengths supported.
Recent studies showed that testing for kindergarten can actually help children prepare for their future specifically in their careers. Even at a young age, kindergarten testing can reveal the potentials of a child and the areas where he or she may excel or find difficulty in. Though choosing a career path is not their concern at this age, at least they will be properly guided based on the performance of their kindergarten test.
Children have unrealistic career choices at five but once they’re exposed to testing for kindergarten, they can develop their critical thinking skills in tests like predicting outcomes, making conclusions, or inferring. These skills are vital in the future because many companies prefer to hire people who have sharp mind and initiative. The tests that are administered to Pre-k children often focus on critical thinking, developing this skill that will benefit your children for the rest of their lives.
Kindergarten readiness also ensures that no children are left behind. This means interventions are immediately imposed to guarantee that they master their lessons and develop the necessary skills at their age. It is very easy for children to fall through the cracks, but with a record of their score, it is easier to identify their weaknesses and ensure that they don’t fall behind. This is one way to arm them for more challenging tasks in elementary, high school, and college.
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