Before their first day of kindergarten, local 5-year-olds sit down with a teacher or classroom aide for a test to see how much they’ve already learned.
The teacher or aide might start by asking if they know the alphabet and having them recite it. They’ll ask if they know how to write their name, and if they know which letters in their name need to be capitalized.
They will be asked to count as high as they can. And they will be given scissors and a piece of paper, a test of fine motor skills.
Through those tests, schools can determine how prepared children are for kindergarten. Not all children start school with the same experience: Some have been through years of preschool or have parents who read to them regularly, while others will be entering a classroom for the first time.