Kindergarten bill would require ‘maturity test’ for thousands, shift age cutoff date

Thousands of Tennessee children would be required to pass a “maturity test” every year to enter kindergarten under a new bill passed by the state House of Representatives Wednesday, the Huffington Post reports. Under current law, Tennessee children must be 5 years old by Sept. 30 to enter kindergarten. House Bill 2566 would shift the cutoff date forward to Aug. 31 in fall 2013 and Aug. 15 beginning the year after, ensuring that all kindergarteners are at least five years old upon matriculation. Children who are still 4 years old by the cutoff dates could enter kindergarten with their same-year peers only if they show the maturity of a 5-year-old on a standardized test. The bill is sponsored by Republican state Rep. Glen Casada and passed by a 68-30 vote. The companion bill awaits a Senate vote…

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