September 24, 2004
99 Percent of Full-Day Kindergarten Programs
(Santa Fe, NM)—Ninety-nine percent of full-day kindergarten programs from 2002-2003 show student gains in acquiring the language and early literacy skills needed to enter first grade and become proficient readers. In 2001-2002 the figure was 95 percent and in 2000-2001 it was 94 percent.
“Full-day kindergarten in New Mexico is a winner. It is preparing our youngest students with the reading skills needed for first grade. We truly have much to celebrate. This investment by our Governor and Legislature is clearly making a difference,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García.
The announcement is based on the results of pre-tests and post-tests of full-day kindergarten students administered in 2002 and 2003, as required by the Optional Full-Day Kindergarten Literacy Readiness Program regulation.
Under the regulation, all full-day kindergarten programs
must provide verification that their programs include a comprehensive
research-based early literacy program, literacy-specific screening
and assessment measures for participating students and comprehensive
professional development for staff.