What children are eligible for Early Entrance Testing?
Only children who will be turning 5 September 1st - September 30, 2019 are eligible.
Why does my child, with a September birthday, have to be assessed when children with August birthdays don’t?
Washington State has a uniform entry age for kindergarten (WAC 392-335-010) which requires children to be five years of age as of midnight August 31 of the year of entry to be entitled to enter kindergarten. The only exception to this is RSD School Board Policy (3110) that allows for a special exemption and consideration to be made for students “who appear to be sufficiently advanced to succeed in the educational program.” For the Renton School District, this is determined by the Early Entrance assessment.
Why is the process for Early Entrance so rigorous?
Because of School Board Policy (3110), it is our job to determine if students are “sufficiently advanced to succeed in the educational program.” This is important to us because we want to ensure students start their school career successfully. Additionally, recent research suggests that students who start school early often have difficulty with self-regulation, inattention, and hyperactivity (Dee & Sievertsen, 2015, Stocking, 2015)
What will the assessment be like?
Students will be completing the assessment with a current district Kindergarten teacher. Parents/guardians are not allowed to accompany their child. The assessment will measure children’s social and academic readiness.
Why do some students take longer or shorter amounts of time to complete the assessment?
Every child is different, so it takes different lengths of time to complete the assessment. Students who complete the assessment quickly qualify as often as students who take more time to complete it. Every child is asked the same questions during the assessment.
Should I talk to my child about going to Kindergarten this year?
Please do not let your child know that the results of the assessment will determine if they go to kindergarten. You do not want to put undue stress on them. Additionally, a relatively low percentage of students qualify for Early Entrance to Kindergarten, and it is difficult for kids to get their hopes up only to find out they didn’t qualify.
Is there an appeal process if my child DOES NOT qualify for Early Entrance into Kindergarten?
There is NO appeal to the Early Entrance assessment. All decisions are final, and are made in the best interest of student success. If your child does not qualify, they will need to wait until the next school year to begin kindergarten.
Will you accept outside evaluations that show my child is ready for Kindergarten?
We do not accept outside evaluations to determine if a child qualifies for Early Entrance. The only consideration is the Early Entrance assessment given by the RSD.
Can my child be retested if they do not qualify?
There is no retesting process. Children who do not qualify for Early Entrance will need to wait until the next school year to begin kindergarten.