Raising the Kindergarten Entry Age

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Newcomb, Misty; Ritter, Gary W.
increase minimum age of child; Kindergarten; Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research; Education Law; Education Policy
brief description
In recent years, the standards in Arkansas for entry into kindergarten underwent changes that can be difficult to understand. Across the nation, states have increased the minimum age of entry into public schools, and Arkansas is no exception. Recently, a policymaker in our state asked the OEP to look into the research surrounding the question of raising the kindergarten entry age. This policy brief discusses the new requirements as well as the impact of these requirements on families and children in the short and long term by looking at recent changes in Arkansas law and studies concerning the effect of entry age on student achievement