Kindergarten in Wash. is in a State of Flux

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Becky Bennion has been wiping runny noses and teaching kids to read for 30 years.

The Renton kindergarten teacher says the children haven't changed much but society's expectations about what a 5-year-old should know has evolved dramatically.

That's one reason she is grateful for a new state program that helps her get to know students before they step into the classroom. Washington's new WaKIDS program, which stands for Washington kindergarten inventory of developing skills, is designed to help kindergarten teachers better understand the strengths and weaknesses of children.

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