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Study says Rockford kindergartners not prepared to learn

ROCKFORD (WREX) – Kindergartners in Rockford are not ready to learn.

That’s what a new report revealed Tuesday night to the Rockford school board. But it’s not just talking about public school students.

The report by the Erikson Institute looked at strengths and struggles of kindergartners in public, private and parochial schools in Rockford.

It found in all categories, from physical health to cognitive development, Rockford students are behind the national average. Here are the numbers from the study comparing Rockford’s average to the national average:

Physical Health and Well-Being:
Rockford: 66%
National: 79%

Language and Cognitive Development:
Rockford: 57%
National: 71%

Social Competence:
Rockford: 72%
National: 76%

Communication and General Knowledge:
Rockford: 68%
National: 73%

Emotional Maturity:
Rockford: 67%
National: 79%

All Domains:
Rockford: 38%
National: 49%

RPS 205 Superintendent Ehren Jarrett says the next step is finding ways to *improve these numbers.

“I don’t see the data as positive or negative. I see it as really clarifying what we’re dealing with as a community. I think we have an incredibly generous and dedicated group of people in this community that are really ready to help. And I think this work gives us a chance to have a better sense of how we can help, ” said Jarrett.

The district wants community feedback to help plan the next steps.

Kristin Crowley

Evening News Anchor
Kristin Crowley anchors the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. news. She is also a reporter for 13 Investigates. She brings more than a decade of experience to the newsroom. Her work at WREX has earned her multiple awards including a regional Edward R. Murrow for Investigative Journalism and three regional Emmys.

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