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How good is your child’s preschool? A new test aims to give Floridians a better answer


September 11, 2017

Schools across the state are administering a new, more accurate test to thousands of 5-year-olds as they settle into their kindergarten classrooms this year.

How good is your child’s preschool? Does it prepare children for kindergarten like it should? Should it continue to receive state money?

Since 2014, it’s been harder for parents and the public to tell, thanks to flaws in a state test, begun that year, that was supposed to measure the performance of schools that get money under the state’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program, known as VPK.

State officials say they suspended the test because of “technological issues,” leaving Florida without an accurate measure of kindergarten readiness.

But that is changing as schools across the state begin administering a new, more accurate test to thousands of 5-year-olds as they settle into their kindergarten classrooms this year.