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September 28, 2018

Stark County TSS Summary - Spring 2018 by Domain

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Transition Skills Summary: End of Preschool "Snapshot" of Kindergarten Readiness

Knowing that kindergarten readiness is a predictor of future student success[1], the Stark County prenatal to kindergarten task force - Great Starts for Great Futures - decided that countywide, common metrics at the end of preschool were necessary to guide one aspect of early education. A group of early education leaders worked collaboratively to update the end-of-preschool assessment tool and align it with kindergarten readiness expectations. This preschool to kindergarten Transition Skills Summary (TSS) report provides information by student, site and county. The report reflects a child's progress at the end of preschool using 47 developmental skills within five domains and indicates readiness for kindergarten.

Parents receive a copy of their child's Transition Skills Summary report detailing their end-of-the-year development and skills along with information to further their child's progress before entering kindergarten in the fall.
The aggregated data provides program leaders with information regarding strengths and areas of opportunity for improvement in their programs. Moreover, the Stark County summary provides guidance to the Great Start for Great Futures committee for future training and support across the county.
The TSS was administered for a second year in Spring 2018. "We are impressed by the positive response of parents and sites," said Krista Allison, Stark Education Partnership Early Childhood Consultant. "As participation continues to grow, our community is strengthened by understanding the importance of a child's formative years."

Stark County's TSS reporting system - a collaborative effort of local early childhood educators and support agencies - is funded by the Stark Education Partnership who also provides expertise, experience and leadership along with the Early Childhood Resource Center and State Support Team Region 9.
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