Somerset County Ranks Second in State for Kindergarten Readiness

WESTOVER, MD, Feb. 27, 2020 – Recent statistics released by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) show that Somerset County Public Schools (SCPS) ranks second in the state with 63% of kindergartners demonstrating readiness on the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) for the 2019-2020 school year. The district credits this achievement to the extensive work done in recent years to expand pre-k offerings to full-day programs and universal eligibility for all four-year-old children in the county regardless of socio-economic or health status. The district implements curriculum that aligns with the annual KRA test in all pre-k classrooms.
SCPS further improves school readiness through collaboration with the Somerset Judy Center Partnership. The organization serves children birth through age five and their families in both Princess Anne and Crisfield, Maryland by providing learning opportunities for children and activities designed to increase parental involvement and strengthen the parenting skills of adults with young children. SCPS maintains active involvement in the Somerset Early Learning Advisory Council (SELAC), a group established in 2013 as a result of a statewide initiative (Race to the Top) to create cohesive local level committees to focus on education for the birth to age five population. SELAC is comprised of representatives from Head Start, local child care providers, community outreach programs and Somerset County Public Schools. Together, these groups collaborate to ensure all students in Somerset enter kindergarten ready to learn.
Early Childhood Supervisor and Judy Center Coordinator for SCPS, Karen Karten shared, “it is rewarding to see the results of hard work done as a team over the last several years in improving kindergarten readiness for incoming classes. Each year we continue to increase our percentage of students demonstrating the skills required to succeed in school, and we owe that to the commitment from our district’s administration team and support from community partners that match our efforts to ensure all future Kindergartners in Somerset County start their school-aged years with a strong foothold in educational success.”
SCPS will begin Pre-K registration on March 30th for all students who will be four years of age by September 1. Parents should contact their local elementary school for more information.
KRA Results by County ranked in descending order
Data Source: MSDE 2019 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Results
*Note: Totals do not equal 100 because of rounding