Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform?

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies

Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform?

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 

Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Citations
Alabama Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Alaska Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Arizona Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Arkansas Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
California Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Colorado The state provides a description of what the state board definition of school readiness must include. At a minimum the definition must include: physical well-being and motor development, social and emotional development, language and comprehension development, and cognition and general knowledge. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-7-1004
Connecticut Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Delaware The state require that 5 domains of school readiness be measured within the school readiness assessment, including: language and literacy development, cognition and general knowledge, approaches toward learning, physical well-being and motor development, and social and emotional development. Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 151
District of Columbia School readiness is defined as, "a child’s mastery of approved early-learning standards in language and literacy, mathematical thinking, social and emotional development, scientific inquiry, social studies, approaches to learning, and health." D.C. Code Ann. § 38-271.01
Florida Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Georgia Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Hawaii Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Idaho Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Illinois State readiness measures address language and literacy development, cognition and math, and approaches toward learning and social and emotional development. These measures inform the kindergarten entrance assessment. Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 1.420
Indiana Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Iowa Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Kansas Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Kentucky School readiness means a student is "ready to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences that best promote the student's success." 704 Ky. Admin. Regs. 5:070
Louisiana School readiness means that "children are intellectually prepared for school, but also that they are socially and emotionally prepared for success in the classroom." 28 La. Admin. Code Pt CLIX, 701
Maine Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Maryland “School readiness means the stage of early development that enables an individual child to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences. As a result of family nurturing and interactions with others, a young child in this stage has reached certain levels of social and emotional development, cognition and general knowledge, language development, and physical well-being and motor development. School readiness acknowledges individual approaches toward learning as well as the unique experiences and backgrounds of each child." Md. Code Regs. 13A.06.02.02
Massachusetts Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Michigan Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Minnesota "School readiness is defined as the child's skills, knowledge, and behaviors at kindergarten entrance in these areas of child development: social; self-regulation; cognitive, including language, literacy, and mathematical thinking; and physical." Minn. Stat. Ann. § 124D.141
Mississippi Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Missouri Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Montana Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Nebraska Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Nevada Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
New Hampshire Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
New Jersey Not specified in statute, rules or regulation.
New Mexico Not specified in statute, rules or regulation.
New York Not specified in statute, rules or regulation.
North Carolina The kindergarten entrance assessment addresses give domains of school readiness: "language and literacy development, cognition and general knowledge, approaches toward learning, physical well-being and motor development, and social and emotional development." The assessment produces quantitative data on each of readiness factors to inform instructional strategies. N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 115C-83.5
North Dakota Not specified in statute, rules or regulation.
Ohio Not specified in statute, rules or regulation.
Oklahoma Not specified in statute, rules or regulation.
Oregon The kindergarten entrance assessment measures school readiness, which may include physical and social-emotional development, early literacy, language and cognitive skills, and logic and reasoning. Or. Admin. R. 581-022-2130
Pennsylvania Not specified in statute, rules or regulation.
Rhode Island Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
South Carolina Under the South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness program, school readiness is defined as the level of child development necessary to ensure early school success as measured in the following domains: physical health and motor skills, emotional and social competence, language and literacy development, and mathematical thinking and cognitive skills. School readiness is supported by the knowledge and practices of families, caregivers, healthcare providers, educators, and communities. S.C. Code Ann. § 59-152-25
South Dakota Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Tennessee Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Texas The state defines school readiness as a child being able to function competently in a school environment in the areas of early language and literacy, mathematics, and social skills. School readiness is measured by state-approved assessment instruments. 19 Tex. Admin. Code § 102.1002
Utah The state has a school readiness programs. The programs must have elements of content knowledge and skill development in oral language, phonics, alphabet and word knowledge, prewriting, book and print awareness, numeracy, creative arts, science and technology, and social studies, health, and safety. Utah Code Ann. § 53A-1b-105
Vermont Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Virginia Not specified in statutes, rules or regulation.
Washington Not specified in statutes, rules, or regulation.
West Virginia The state defines school readiness as a process of assuring children have access the best available resources prior to first grade.This process includes activities that support health and physical development, social and emotional development, language and communication development, cognitive and general knowledge, and individual approaches to learning. W. Va. Code R. 126-28-3
Wisconsin Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Wyoming Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.

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