Talent Development

Kindergarten readiness

Measure Baseline (2015) Current Target (2025) Trend Michigan Chart
Kindergarten readiness (Battle Creek public schools only) 24% 30% 100%

Rationale: During kindergarten children develop foundational skills for math and reading. A goal of 100% of Battle Creek kindergartners scoring above the 50th percentile nationally on the MAP assessment ensures that all children are set up for academic success. Source: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/about-us/article/head-start-program-facts

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About this measure

MAP Growth is an assessment that measures what students know and what they’re ready to learn next, enabling teachers to differentiate learning and meet instructional goals aligned with Michigan standards. MAP Growth and MAP Growth K-2 are approved by the Michigan Department of Education for screening early learners and measuring their academic performance and growth.

Children not reading proficiently by kindergarten are half as likely to read proficiently by third grade.. This is significant because education from kindergarten through third grade is designed to teach students how to read. If a student is not able to read by third grade, they will not be able to learn moving forward as most learning is done through reading and application of what was read.

Policies and programs to increase kindergarten readiness
  • Create equitable access to high quality home visiting programs for families with children prenatal through age 3 as part of a tiered system of supports based on the unique needs of families.
  • Create high quality 3 and 4-year-old preschool programs available to all families and supported by a strong early childhood career pathway.
  • Create a centralized access point of entry for families entering the early childhood system to remove barriers and support smooth transitions between programs and supports.
  • Establish a data collection and evaluation system to monitor and improve components of the early childhood system.
  • Support the whole child through a network of resources for: mental and physical health, trauma supports, education, family engagement and leadership opportunities, basic needs, and economic stability for families.
Resources for this measure

Here are a variety of resources to help community members learn more about our area schools and programs:

About the data

Definition: The share of Battle Creek kindergarteners who score at the 50th percentile or higher on the MAP kindergarten proficiency assessment, using combined reading and math scores.
Numerator: Number of Battle Creek kindergarteners who took the MAP exam and scored above the 50th percentile nationally.
Denominator: Number of Battle Creek kindergarteners who took the MAP exam.
Frequency: Annual.
Baseline: 24% (2015)
Target: 100%
Rationale: During kindergarten children develop foundational skills for math and reading. A goal of 100% of Battle Creek kindergartners scoring above the 50th percentile nationally on the MAP assessment ensures that all children are set up for academic success.
Source: NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessment.