Statewide screening test for kindergartners


Reporter - Mychaela Bruner
Photographer - David Dycus

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. - Is your 4-year-old ready for kindergarten? It is the second week of school and kindergartners are being tested. The Kentucky Department of Education is now mandating that all kindergarten students be given the Brigance Test.

It is not your typical test and consists of two parts. The kindergartner's teacher gives one part and parents complete the other. The screening is giving teachers a better insight into the student's needs and the parent's expectations.

Jonathan Elementary School Principal Pat Gold said the Brigance Test is challenging for kindergartners.

"It's simple questions on their address, their birthday, where they live, colors, numbers & it progressively gets harder," said Gold.

Jonathan Elementary School kindergarten teacher Mandy Miller said she thinks of it as more of a test for her.

"It helps me to know whose ready to learn, who's ready with enrichment, who needs to move quicker," said Miller.

Mother of five Melissa Miller believes the test helps with student's placement.

"My child is on the lower end. So, we have gaps that definitely need to be filled in, that gives me peace of mind knowing she knows exactly where he is," said Miller.

Parents and teachers both agree it is a positive, helpful test. Gold said, "This is just another piece of data to pinpoint exactly where those kids are and what we need to do to get them moving on."

To help make the transition from preschool to kindergarten a little easier on you and your child, Principal Pat Gold is urging all parents to sit down and read every night with their child.