With more testing and less play, kindergarten has changed dramatically since 1998

This study finds that kindergarten has changed dramatically since 1998, which was before No Child Left Behind became law. Two examples:

  1. In 1998, 31 percent of teachers believed their students should learn to read during the kindergarten year. That figure jumped to 80 percent by 2010.
  2. The percentage of teachers who reported offering music every day in kindergarten dropped by half, from 34 percent to 16 percent.

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More Testing, Less Play: Study Finds Higher Expectations For Kindergartners

This summer, millions of excited 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds will be getting ready for their first real year of school. But some of them may be in for a wake-up call when that first bell rings. If you have young kids in school, or talk with teachers of young children, you’ve likely heard the refrain – that something’s changed in the early grades.

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More Testing, Less Play: Study Finds Higher Expectations For Kindergartners

As kindergarten becomes the new first grade, some worry that the joy of learning is being lost with higher rigor.