TAMPA (WFLA) – Kindergarten readiness scores are down in Florida and Governor Ron DeSantis is directing the Florida Department of Education to prioritize the issue.
According to the Florida Department of Education, 42-percent of children who attended pre-school last year were not ready for kindergarten. A six percent increase from last year.
“A 42% failure rate is simply not defendable and certainly not good enough for Florida’s youngest learners. I have asked Commissioner Corcoran to prioritize this issue and direct available funding to make enhancements. Nearly three-quarters of Florida parents rely on VPK programs to lay the academic and social foundation necessary for their children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.” DeSantis said in a statement.
State Senator Gayle Harrell also weighed in on the matter, “I appreciate the Governor and Commissioner’s focus on improving every aspect of education, especially for students at this critical time when their readiness greatly improves their likelihood of achievement and opportunity throughout their entire education. We must have one goal and one goal only, and that is to have the best Pre-K in the nation. I am committed to doing my part to help achieve that goal.”