Report: California's Transitional Kindergarten Program: Report on the First Year of Implementation


INSTRUCTION, progress monitoring, student centered planing, SCHOOLS, kindergarten, Elementary


STATE:Teaching Design & Practice/Equity Resource Distribution


April 23, 2014


American Institutes for Research


In 2010, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Kindergarten Readiness Act into law. The law changed the date by which children must turn 5 to enter kindergarten from December 2 to September 1, phasing in the new age requirement by moving the cutoff date back one month per year for three years, beginning in fall of 2012. S.B. 1381 also established a new grade level - transitional kindergarten (TK) - which is the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience for students born between September 2 and December 2. When fully implemented, TK is intended to provide an additional year of early education to this group of children, with the goal of promoting their school readiness.


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