Equity in Kindergarten Readiness
Although the statewide rate of kindergarten readiness has improved by 6.3 percentage points over the past five 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 and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander children remain below the rates for children from other groups and have slightly decreased (by 0.6 and 0.8 percentage points respectively). Readiness rates for Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino children have somewhat increased (by 2.9 and 3.3 percentage points respectively) 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 11.5 and 7 percentage points respectively). DCYF has a goal to reach 90% kindergarten readiness for all children, and equity in kindergarten readiness is an outcome indicator for our strategic priority to eliminate racial disproportionality and advance racial equity.