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  • Kindergarten Readiness

    Assessment Results

    Carey M. Wright, Ed.D.

    State Superintendent of Education

    November 2019

  • Mississippi Department of Education Office of Student Assessment Page 2 of 21

    Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Results: November 2019

    A Joint Publication

    Office of Accountability

    • Dr. Paula Vanderford, Chief Accountability Officer

    • Dr. Jackie Sampsell, State Assessment Director

    • Melissa Beck, K-3 Assessment Coordinator

    Office of Academic Education

    • Dr. Nathan Oakley, Chief Academic Officer

    • Dr. Tenette Smith, Executive Director of Elementary Education and Reading

    • Dr. Jill Dent, Early Childhood Director

    • Kristen Wells, State Literacy Director (K-12)

    • Laurie Weathersby, Director or Student Intervention Services

    For questions related to the administration of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment please

    contact:

    Melissa Beck, K-3 Assessment Coordinator

    Office of Student Assessment

    [email protected]

    The Mississippi State Board of Education, the Mississippi Department of Education, the

    Mississippi School for the Arts, the Mississippi School for the Blind, the Mississippi School for

    the Deaf, and the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science do not discriminate on the

    basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability in the provision of

    educational programs and services or employment opportunities and benefits. The following

    office has been designated to handle inquiries and complaints regarding the non-discrimination

    policies of the above-mentioned entities:

    Director, Office of Human Resources

    Mississippi Department of Education

    359 North West Street

    Suite 203

    Jackson, Mississippi 39201

    (601) 359-3511

    mailto:[email protected]

  • Mississippi Department of Education Office of Student Assessment Page 3 of 21

    Scale Score Explanation and Kindergarten Readiness Performance Levels

    The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment will provide parents, teachers, and early childhood

    providers with a common understanding of what children know and are able to do upon entering

    school. The primary purpose of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment is to improve the quality

    of classroom instruction and other services provided to students from birth to 3rd grade. STAR

    Early Literacy developed by Renaissance Learning, Inc. is the assessment administered to

    provide educators with this information.

    530 Cut Score Explanation

    Seventy percent mastery of knowledge and skills in early literacy and numeracy at the beginning

    of kindergarten was selected as the level of mastery for the kindergarten readiness benchmark.

    Data shows it provides both a measurable distinction between Pre-K and kindergarten skills on

    STAR Early Literacy and a strong prediction of proficiency as measured by STAR Reading in

    Grade 3. The minimum beginning-of-year kindergarten scale score associated with 70% mastery

    is 530. This score was identified to be the beginning-of-year kindergarten readiness benchmark

    (Renaissance Learning 2014). Based on extensive research, 85% of students scoring 530 or

    higher at the beginning of kindergarten are proficient in reading at the end of grade 3. A spring

    scale score of 681 places students on a trajectory to meet end of grade 3 reading expectations.

    For more information on reading proficiency indicators based on Renaissance assessments,

    please visit https://resources.renlearnrp.com/us/learningprogressions/g3readingindcpr.pdf.

    STAR Early Literacy Achievement Standards

    Performance

    Level

    Scale

    Score

    Range

    Descriptors

    Early Emergent

    Reader 300-487

    Student is beginning to understand that printed text has meaning.

    The student is learning that reading involves printed words and

    sentences, and that print flows from left to right and from the top

    to the bottom of the page. The student is also beginning to

    identify colors, shapes, numbers, and letters.

    Late Emergent

    Reader 488-674

    Student can identify most of the letters of the alphabet and can

    match most of the letters to their sounds. The student is also

    beginning to “read” picture books and familiar words around the

    home. Through repeated reading of favorite books with an adult,

    students at this stage are building their vocabularies, listening

    skills, and understandings of print.

    Transitional Reader 675-774

    Student has mastered alphabet skills and letter-sound

    relationships. The student can identify many beginning and

    ending consonant sounds and long and short vowel sounds, and is

    probably able to blend sounds and word parts to read simple

    words. The student is also likely using a variety of strategies to

    figure out words, such as pictures, story patterns, and phonics.

    Probable Reader 775-900

    Student is becoming proficient at recognizing many words, both

    in and out of context. The student spends less time identifying

    and sounding out words, and more time understanding what was

    read. Probable readers can blend sounds and word parts to read

    words and sentences more quickly, smoothly, and independently

    than students in the other stages of development.

    https://resources.renlearnrp.com/us/learningprogressions/g3readingindcpr.pdf

  • Mississippi Department of Education Office of Student Assessment Page 4 of 21

    Kindergarten Readiness: Summary Results

    Table 1. Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Results

    Aggregate Scale Score

    Analysis

    Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019

    K-Readiness Benchmark

    Score 530 530 530

    State Scale Score (Average) 503 501 502

    Students Scoring At or

    Above 530 36.91% 36.13% 36.56%

    Students Scoring Below 530 63.09% 63.87% 63.44%

    Total Test-Takers 100% 100% 100%

    Table 2. State Level Results

    Classification Level Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019

    Early Emergent 17,149 47.44% 17,013 48.00% 16,879 48.01%

    Late Emergent 16,846 46.60% 16,377 46.21% 16,167 45.98%

    Transitional Reader 1,845 5.10% 1,738 4.90% 1,752 4.98%

    Probable Reader 311

  • Mississippi Department of Education Office of Student Assessment Page 5 of 21

    Table 5. District Scale Score Average

    * Indicates suppressed data; minimum n-count not met.

    District Scale Score

    Average Test-Takers

    Aberdeen School District 507 99

    Alcorn County School District 524 252

    Ambition Preparatory Charter School District 507 72

    Amite County School District 523 74

    Amory School District 508 128

    Attala County School District 565 62

    Baldwyn School District 482 76

    Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District 477 148

    Benton County School District 497 89

    Biloxi Public School District 517 519

    Booneville School District 505 116

    Brookhaven School District 506 226

    Calhoun County School District 510 197

    Canton Public School District 506 260

    Carroll County School District 479 59

    Chickasaw County School District 493 45

    Choctaw County School District 521 106

    Claiborne County School District 489 99

    Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School District 538 69

    Clarksdale Municipal School District 520 180

    Cleveland School District 520 229

    Clinton Public School District 524 357

    Coahoma County School District 525 82

    Coffeeville School District 517 20

    Columbia School District 502 144

    Columbus Municipal School District 512 283

    Copiah County School District 490 193

    Corinth School District 542 200

    Covington County School District 486 251

    DeSoto County School District 502 2,494

    East Jasper School District 531 64

    East Tallahatchie School District 501 94

    Enterprise School District 540 60

    Forest Municipal School District 420 170

    Forrest County School 474 207

    Franklin County School District 516 96

    George County School District 489 337

    Greene County School District 502 134

    Greenville Public School District 497 326

    Greenwood-Leflore Consolidated School District 520 328

    Grenada School District 533 348

    Gulfport School District 486 542

    Hancock County School District 486 340

  • Mississippi Department of Education Office of Student Assessment Page 6 of 21

    District Scale Score

    Average Test-Takers

    Harrison County School District 511 1,084

    Hattiesburg Public School District 516 351

    Hazlehurst Public School District 465 124

    Hinds County School District 515 362

    Hollandale School District 521 40

    Holly Springs School District 500 83

    Holmes County School District 469 183

    Houston School District 476 138

    Humphreys County School District 507 86

    Itawamba County School Di

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