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Legislators Propose Assessment System for School Readiness Programs

Legislators Propose Assessment System for School Readiness Programs
Posted at 5:10 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-04 14:52:05-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A bill moving through the legislature would create a coordinated child assessment system for state-funded school readiness programs and voluntary pre-k classes.

Under a bill that has passed two house committees, the Florida Department of Education would be tasked with creating the committee on early grade success.

The 17 member panel would be tasked with creating a statewide assessment system focusing on finding the best ways to make learning gains among Florida's youngest children.

The state's school readiness program helps low-income families afford early child education.

Bill sponsor Erin Grall says even though most of the programs do good work, there is no way to tell just how successful they are without an assessment tool.

If passed, the committee on early grade success would report its findings to the governor and legislature at the end of the year. The senate version of the bill has yet to be heard by a committee.