Equity in Kindergarten Readiness
Although the statewide rate of kindergarten readiness has improved by 5.9 percentage points over the past six years (as measured by the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills assessment), this change has not benefitted all racial/ethnic groups equally. The readiness rates for American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander children remain substantially below the rates for children from other groups. Readiness rates for Black/African American children have somewhat increased (by 4.6 percentage points) but Asian and White children continue to have the highest rates of kindergarten readiness and those rates have increased faster than have the rates for other groups (by 11.7 and 6.8 percentage points respectively). Equity in kindergarten readiness is an outcome indicator for our strategic priority to eliminate racial disproportionality and advance racial equity.