Texas Early Learning Council Definition of School Readiness

According to the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, the goal of the Texas Early Learning Council is to improve collaboration between the early childhood sectors in Texas and to improve school readiness of young children in Texas.

In 2011, the Council sought to define school readiness for the purposes of our grant.  This definition represents a collaboration of the members of the Council to develop a definition of school readiness to be the benchmark for our work.  At the end of the Council's three-year grant, the Council hopes to have produced resources for parents, providers, and policymakers that will bring Texas closer to this definition.

Texas Early Learning Council Definition of School Readiness

In March 2012, the Council adopted the following definition of school readiness:

School readiness is the state of early development that enables an individual child to engage in and benefit from kindergarten learning experiences. Children are "ready" for school when families, schools, and communities work together to ensure their developmentally-appropriate, age-level success across a variety of domains, including:

  • Health
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Language and Communication
  • Emergent Literacy - Reading
  • Emergent Literacy - Writing
  • Mathematics and Numeracy
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Fine Arts (Creativity)
  • Physical Development
  • Technology

Children's development is influenced by interactions among a complex set of factors including biology, individual traits, family and community relationships, and culture. Since children develop at an individual rate and holistically in response to their environments, they enter school with varied levels of readiness.

Defining School Readiness

To arrive at this definition, the Council researched definitions of school readiness adopted by other states.  Read an analysis of definitions of school readiness that was used to guide the Council's definition, as well as resources from other states below.

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Useful Links

National Education Goals Panel
Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework
Getting Ready: Findings from the National School Readiness Indicators Initiative
Head Start Approach to School Readiness

Texas Definitions of School Readiness

Texas Administrative Code, Rule §102.1002 (a)(12)
School ready or school readiness--A term that refers to a child being able to function competently in a school environment in the areas of early language and literacy, mathematics, and social skills as objectively measured by state-approved assessment instruments.

Texas School Readiness Certification System (SRCS) Task Force
Children being ready to succeed by being able to function competently in a school environment in the areas of early literacy, early math, and social skills as objectively measured by Children's Learning Institute approved assessments.

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