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The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) measures school readiness skills and behavior of all incoming kindergarteners in four domains of learning: social foundations, language and literacy, mathematics, physical well-being and motor development.

The KRA was launched in school year 2014-2015. 48% (3527) of Baltimore City’s public kindergarteners were assessed as meeting the more demanding standards – 1 point higher than the state average.[1] Key achievement gaps include:

  • Income: 46% of children from low-income households (as indicated by Free and Reduced Price Meals status) were ready for kindergarten compared to 66% of children from mid- to high-income households;
  • Race/Ethnicity: 49% of African-American students and 35% of Hispanic students were fully ready compared to 59% of white kindergarteners;
  • Sex: 41% of males were fully ready compared to 56% of females;
  • English Language Learners (ELL): 22% of English Language Learners were ready for Kindergarten compared to 50% of their English proficient peers; and
  • Children with a disability: 24% of children with an Individualized Education Plan were ready for Kindergarten compared to 50% of children without a disability.

The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) component of R4K measures school readiness skills and behavior of all incoming kindergarteners in four domains of learning: social foundations, language and literacy, mathematics, physical well-being and motor development.

Check out our priority projects to learn more about the work we’re doing in this area.

[1] Maryland State Department of Education (2015), “Readiness Matters!: The 2014/2015 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Report.” Available at: http://marylandpublicschools.org/msde/divisions/child_care/early_learning/docs/ReadinessMatters2014-2015.pdf