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Kindergarten More Like First Grade


Kindergarten isn’t what it used to be.

According to University of Virginia researchers who compared kindergarten and first-grade classrooms between 1998 and 2010, today’s kindergarten classrooms closely resemble first grade classrooms from nearly 20 years ago.

Expectations for today’s kindergartners are much higher across the board, especially in reading and math. Advanced instruction starts earlier, in part, because of standard testing that usually begins in third grade.

To make time for increased academic emphasis, time spent on subjects like music and art has decreased. Some educators say that more advanced kindergarten makes preschool for all students an even greater need.

What do you think about kindergarten becoming more academic and challenging?