Value of Readiness Test for Kindergarten

Question: A few weeks ago, our son took the district's readiness test for kindergarten and scored low. Now the district is recommending that we wait a year before enrolling him in kindergarten. His preschool teacher thinks he is ready. What do you advise? - Ready or Not

Answer: According to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, readiness tests are wrong up to half the time. With a record like this, you are just as likely to make the right decision by tossing a coin. Instead of relying entirely on a test that might not have accurately reflected your child's abilities, you should consider how well he does on the district's checklist of readiness skills, his preschool teacher's opinion, the kindergarten curriculum, his age and your own observations.