I went to full-day kindergarten because my parents needed me in school all day while they worked. There are certainly benefits to full-day kindergarten – socialization, speech development, etc. But I don’t remember kindergarten being rigorous and I didn’t learn to read until first grade.
Now kids may have to go to kindergarten all day long because of state standards. Here’s why Webster might make the move, according to the Democrat and Chronicle:
Among those requirements: counting to 100, supplying rhyming words and recognizing and naming two- and three-dimensional shapes. A failure to meet Common Core standards could jeopardize district funding.
“The standards for kindergarten are significantly more rigorous than the old ones were,” (Assistant Superintendent Linda) Sykut said. “And I don’t think they’re unreasonable … but it would be very challenging to accomplish them in a 21/2-hour day.”
Here’s another way kindergarten is becoming more high-stakes. In at least one district in New York – Syracuse – kindergartners will be asked to rate their teachers. The rating will be included in the teachers’ evaluations. The Post-Standard reports:
As part of a new, district-wide evaluation system, students will be surveyed about their teachers and their perceptions will account for 6 percent of a teacher’s overall rating.
Students will take surveys designed for their grade level. Surveys could contain statements such as: “My teacher helps me with my work” and “My teacher answers questions when I raise my hand,” she said.
Links of the Day:
– Monroe County Exectuive Maggie Brooks says she didn’t raise taxes in her proposed 2013 budget. But suburban residents will now be assessed a fee for snow removal.
– A Buffalo TV news director talks openly about being hospitalized for job-related depression.
– The mother of a Buffalo man ejected from a Bills game is grateful he was found alive.
– A new state law limits when you are asked to give your Social Security number when you purchase goods and services.
– Should children be allowed to handle guns, even if they’re unloaded? The issue came up during custody hearings involving probation officers in the Albany area.
– Xerox is under fire for its speed camera programs in Maryland. An audit found inaccurate tickets and more.
– Hilarity ensues when NYU students hit “reply all” to university messages.