Evaluation for Early Kindergarten Entrance
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Evaluation For Early Kindergarten Entrance

As a result of the North Carolina State Board of Education (NCSBE) changing the cut-off date for kindergarten entrance from October 15 to August 31, many children who were once eligible to enter kindergarten as 4 year olds are not able unless parents provide formal testing to document the child’s readiness. In order to make this determination, the NCSBE has outlined 5 factors which school principals must review. They include:
  • Student Aptitude. The guidelines state that a child shall be “precocious in academic and social development and shall score at the 98th percentile on a standard individual test of intelligence.” Acceptable tests include the Stanford-Binet, the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, the Kaufman Anderson, or any other comparable test administered by a licensed psychologist.
  • Achievement. The guidelines state that “the child shall be functioning from two to three years beyond the child’s peers. The child shall score at the 98th percentile on either reading or mathematics on a standard test of achievement.” Acceptable tests include the Metropolitan Readiness Test, the Stanford Early School Achievement Test, the Mini Battery of Achievement, the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement, the Test of Early Mathematics Ability (TEMA), the Test of Early Reading Ability (TERA), or any other comparable test administered by a licensed psychologist, a member of the psychologist’s professional staff, or a professional educator who is trained in the use of the instrument and who has no conflict of interest in the outcome of the assessment.

Additional information required includes work samples, letters of recommendation from preschool teachers, an informal interview with the child, and a more formal interview with the parents. Additional information about specific requirements can be found at the following website http://sbepolicy.dpi.state.nc.us/policies.