Nearly half of the children in Florida are unready for kindergarten

According to numbers put out by the Florida Department of Education on Wednesday, 36% of children who attended the state's Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program (VPK) last year were not ready for kindergarten. That number rose to 42% for the 2017-2018 school year.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that "the failure rate is not defendable," and has since called for more funding.

The overall score, which is taken from a test administered to all students during their first month, showed that 47% were not ready for kindergarten – a 1% increase from the year before.

The Florida VPK is offered through public and private schools as well as child care centers as a way for students to be "better prepared to school," and "perform better on standardized tests," according to their fact sheet.

According to the Herald-Tribune, there has been criticism among some educators that children of that age are not familiar with using the mouse needed to navigate the test, and that the assessment doesn't measure the growth of VPK to kindergarten.

Florida has the 19th highest preschool enrollment in the nation, according to US News.
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