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The impact of transitional kindergarten on English learner students

from American Institutes for Research

California's Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 revised the cutoff date by which children must turn five for kindergarten entry in that year and established transitional kindergarten, defined as the first year of a two-year kindergarten program for all students affected by the birthdate eligibility change. Since it has been implemented across the state, TK has been shown to significantly improve kindergarten readiness for California's students. But what benefits do students who might need a little extra support — such as English learner students — experience? Understanding the impact of TK on the 33 percent of California kindergartners who do not speak, read, write or understand English well as a result of English not being their home language is critical to evaluating the success of the program. more


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