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theschoolboards
10-05-2010, 07:49 AM
This from Karen Quinn's blog post (http://testingforkindergarten.com/articles/what-educators-know-and-parents-don%E2%80%99t-about-kindergarten-testing) on TestingforKindergarten.com:
By age 5, most children in America will have been given some kind of intelligence test, whether it is for private school admissions, gifted and talented qualification, or public school placement in slow, average, and accelerated learning groups. These tests cover the 7-abilities educators believe children must have to thrive in the classroom. From Testing For Kindergarten, Karen Quinn identifies these abilities, explains why they are so important for school success, and offers tips for building them at home.

Language pervades any class a student takes in school. She must be able to listen, pay attention, and comprehend lessons being taught. She needs to answer the teacher’s questions and follow her instructions.

Knowledge/Comprehension is your child’s understanding of information, social standards of behavior, and common sense that children his age usually understand. To flourish in kindergarten, a child should know colors, shapes, seasons, fruit, farm animals – all the basic kinds of information kids are exposed to through picture books, preschool, and life itself.

Memory is your child’s ability to retrieve information learned recently or in the past. More memory is needed for school success than is required for any other career.

Mathematics is your child’s ability to work with simple computational skills and to do the thinking needed for higher order math work (patterning, sequencing, ordering, classifying, and comparing).

Spatial Reasoning is your child’s ability to reason and solve problems using pictures, images, diagrams, shapes – anything but words.

Cognitive Skills are all the brain functions that make it possible for kids to think, reason and solve problems. As your child advances in school, he’ll need to compare and contrast objects and ideas, make predictions based on patterns he has seen before, think conceptually when writing reports.

Fine-Motor Skills are your child’s ability to control his hands and fingers. Studies have shown that 60-70% of children’s schoolwork requires fine-motor skills.
To read more about each of these abilities and tips to help your child build these skills, click here (http://testingforkindergarten.com/articles/what-educators-know-and-parents-don%E2%80%99t-about-kindergarten-testing).