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By Dena Martin

Data draws concerns for kindergartners

Waitsburg students are entering school with low social/economic, counting and alphabet skills


April 11, 2019

WAITSBURG—Waitsburg Kindergarten teacher Pam Beasley presented the WaKIDS program and an update on resulting data to the Waitsburg School Board at their March meeting. Beasley said resulting data shows deficiencies in several areas.

WaKIDS (Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills) was piloted in the 2010-11 school and became mandatory in state-funded full-day kindergarten programs in 2012-13.

The program assesses students in six areas of development and learning: social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive development, literacy and math. WaKIDS esearch shows that when s...

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