Kansas district weighs retaining kindergarteners

Library (Courtesy: MGN Online)
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GARDEN CITY, Kansas (AP) — A southwest Kansas school district is weighing whether to require kindergarten pupils to repeat the grade if they don’t meet certain standards.

A committee of about a dozen educators has recommended the retention policy, with the goal of making sure children enter first grade with basic skills in reading, writing and recognizing numbers.

Garden School schools retain about 55 students a year in all grade levels. The committee that studied potential kindergarten retention concluded that number would drop if children were better prepared before starting first grade.

The school board could decide at its next meeting whether to approve a pilot program in kindergarten retention. Officials say they don’t know of any other Kansas district that holds kindergarteners back until they achieve certain proficiencies.

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