State Senate approves kindergarten assessment

March 8, 2011

By Staff

Soon, every all-day kindergarten student might receive an assessment.

The state Senate passed a measure that would establish uniform assessments of children in all-day kindergarten, known as the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills, or WaKIDS.

If passed, the bill would begin the assessments in the 2012-13 school year. WaKIDS is being piloted now by the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Department of Early Learning, with consultation by Thrive by Five Washington.

The state Senate vote passed 31 to 15, with Issaquah state Sens. Steve Litzow, Rodney Tom and Cheryl Pflug voting for the measure.

The Senate passed the bill March 3. It now goes to the state House for consideration.

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