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D.C. developing assessment tests for kindergartners

Thursday - 2/23/2012, 8:01am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia officials are developing a plan to begin assessment testing on kindergarten students.

Assistant superintendent of early childhood education Annette Bridges tells The Washington Examiner that the plans are in the preliminary stages and are subject to change as the Office of the State Superintendent for Educators moves forward.

Bridges says the test would focus on things like physical and motor development, scientific thinking and some math concepts.

The test would label students as "below basic" through "advanced" and be administered within the first six weeks of the start of school.

Officials are hoping that the "readiness assessments" will be tested voluntarily in some schools this fall and eventually extended to D.C. Public Schools and charter schools by the 2013 school year.

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Information from: The Washington Examiner, http://www.washingtonexaminer.com


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