Researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) College of Education have developed a one-item readiness test that can accurately predict kindergartners’ success in school.

Researchers said they developed the test because kindergarten is an important developmental year for children--they will face many challenges and risk falling behind if they are not successful early in the year.

Identifying students early in the year who may have problems can allow teachers and parents to provide special attention throughout the year to help them succeed, said Melissa Stormont, a professor of special education at MU.

“If a child struggles in kindergarten and falls behind his or...

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