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More Minnesota Preschoolers Ready for Kindergarten, Study Shows

Pioneer Press (12/11/13) Magan, Christopher

The Minnesota Department of Education's study on kindergarten preparedness reveals that 73 percent of preschoolers had the skills necessary to succeed in kindergarten classrooms in 2012, up from 60 percent the year prior. State Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said, "Our focus has been on widening access to high quality early learning for all kids and aligning those programs with schools. Today's announcement shows that more students are benefiting -- and will continue to benefit -- from our approach and the investments we are making." More than 7,500 kindergartners from 126 elementary schools were assessed at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year in terms of physical and social development, language and literacy levels, and skills in mathematics and the arts.
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