RPS 205 Kindergarteners show school readiness in statewide survey

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Rockford, Ill (WIFR) -- The numbers are in for the kindergarten individual development survey.

The survey breaks down into three categories and then scores are compared to the state average. Every Illinois kindergartner takes the test during their first 40 days of school and Rockford Public Schools are doing better than some area school districts. In social-emotional development, the state average is 53% which is the same as Rockford. The language and literacy state average is 46%, Rockford is at 43%, and the math average is 33% with Rockford coming in at 27%. RPS staff say these numbers are very good and with parent help they hope to see even better numbers next year.

"Parents really just need to you know, play with their children, read with their children provide them with really cool opportunities to get out, play in our parks outside,” said RPS 205 Early Childhood executive director, Kim Nelson. “All of those will lead to overall development of their children. So anything parents could do along those measures would be great,"