Escambia Kindergarten readiness drops

The Florida Department of Education has released its Fall 2021 kindergarten readiness scores. The percentage of kindergarten-ready children dropped both statewide (from 57% to 50%) and in Escambia(48% to 42%) and Santa Rosa (78% to 59%).

Since the Fall of 2017, the Escambia scores have dropped four percentage points. as has the state average.

Achieve Escambia set a goal of having 60% kindergarten ready by 2020 and 75% by 2025.

Why? According to Achieve, children ready for kindergarten are:

17% more likely to graduate high school

4 times more likely to graduate college

19% less likely to be arrested

Significantly less likely to need public housing assistance

Achieve Escambia was started in 2016 by Navy Federal Credit Union, Gulf Power, Baptist Health Care and Ascension Sacred Heart.

When former Achieve executive director, Kim Krupa, was asked about where to begin tackling the issue of kindergarten readiness, she told the News Journal, “We Believe it begins by understanding the data and by having that conversation. The solution lies in the community, and the power is in the community.”

The data is clear. I mean, how many more dashboards do we need?

I’m not sure how much more “understanding” has been gleaned by Achieve and its board over the past five years. We have no evidence of what it’s doing to find solutions in the community since it missed the 2020 goal. Achieve Escambia has gone silent. – no more viewpoints or community reports.

Setting bold, audacious goals is only meaningful if someone is executing them.

The first cohort of kindergarteners that were given the SCI Brain Bags will enroll next fall. Hopefully, we will begin to see a steady rise in readiness, but the outlook doesn’t look good.


 2019-20  2020-21  2021-22
District Name # Test Takers # Scoring 500+   % Scoring 500+ # Test Takers # Scoring
  % Scoring 500+ # Test Takers # Scoring
  % Scoring
FLORIDA 190,805 101,818 53% 133,632 76,098 57% 182,986 91,511 50%
ESCAMBIA 2,799 1,309 47% 2,247 1,081 48% 2,692 1,139 42%
SANTA ROSA 1,825 1,038 57% 1,484 1,151 78% 1,876 1,113 59%
Florida Escambia
2017-18 54% 46%
2018-19 53% 45%
2019-20 53% 47%
2020-21 57% 48%
2021-22 50% 42%





1 thought on “Escambia Kindergarten readiness drops

  1. I have volunteered as a Reading Pal with four year olds in PreK for five years. I know each child I have volunteered with made remarkable progress during the school year. Unfortunately volunteers were not allowed in our schools from March 2020 until late fall of 2021. Missing in person school has caused lost opportunities for our youngest students. Missing the extra one on one from volunteers has exacerbated the losses. If you are interested in improving kindergarten readiness in our community, please consider volunteering!

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