HB 1550 – Transition to Kindergarten

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Education (K-12) 

The state\\’s statutory program of basic education must be provided to students who are ages 5 to 21, which includes kindergarten. Certain students are permitted to enter kindergarten before or after age 5 based upon the ability or the need of the individual student. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) claims that the exceptions to the kindergarten entry requirements allow for students to participate in programming known as Transitional Kindergarten (TK) before starting kindergarten. Despite the fact that the Legislature has not adopted, referenced, or defined TK in statute, school districts and charter schools have elected to offer TK programs under guidance from OSPI.

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