What is the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rate?
The Florida Department of Education/State Board of Education is required by law (Section 1002.69(5), Florida Statutes (F.S.)) to calculate and set a minimum kindergarten readiness rate every year for each private or public school VPK Provider of either the School-Year (540 hours) or Summer (300 hours) program. The VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rate measures how well a VPK provider prepares four-year-olds to be ready for kindergarten based upon the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four-Year Olds (2011). The VPK Standards describe what four-year-old children should know and be able to do by the end of the VPK program.
VPK Provider Readiness Rate Calculations 2005-06 to present
The VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rate is based on the screening results from the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS).
The FLKRS is used to assess children’s readiness for kindergarten and is administered during the first 30 days of kindergarten. As required by law, the FLKRS is aligned with the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four-Year Olds (2011). Currently, FLKRS consists of a subset of the Early Childhood Observation System (ECHOS™) and two measures of the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading (FAIR).
Prior to 2008-09 the VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rate was calculated using the results from the ECHOS™ and two measures of the Dynamic Indicators of Emerging Literacy (DIBELS®), Letter Naming Fluency and Initial Sound Fluency. ECHOS™ is an observational instrument that measures the skills, knowledge, and behaviors a student should demonstrate or needs to develop. Based on the kindergarten teacher’s observations a child is considered to be Demonstrating, Emerging Progressing or Not Demonstrating. Children who score in the first two categories are considered to be ready for kindergarten.
Based on the results of their DIBELS® screening, children were considered to be Above Average, Low Risk, Medium Risk or High Risk. Children who scored in the first two categories were considered ready for kindergarten.
A provider’s readiness rate was expressed as the percentage of children ready on ECHOS™ and each of the DIBELS® measures on a scale of 0-300 and displayed as:
Beginning in 2008-09 DIBELS® was replaced with the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading (FAIR). The VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rate includes the percentage of children ready on a portion of FAIR called The Broad Screen/Progress Monitoring Tool. The Broad Screen consists of Letter Naming and Phonemic Awareness tasks. The results are combined to produce a Probability of Reading Success score. Children who score at the 67th percentile or higher are considered ready for kindergarten.
A provider’s readiness rate was expressed as the percentage of children ready on ECHOSTM and the percentage ready on FAIR on a scale of 0-200 and displayed as:
In 2011, the legislature changed the definition of ready for kindergarten to include only those children who were ready on both ECHOS™ and FAIR. As a result of this change the 2010-11 VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rate is expressed as the percentage of children ready on both measures on a scale of 0-100 and displayed as:
Using the Readiness Rate Search
To search for provider readiness rates click on the button below or go to the “Visitor Links” menu on the upper left side of this page and click on the “Readiness Rate Search” option.
The Readiness Rate Search page has a number of options you can use to narrow or broaden your search. To view the rate(s) for a specific provider for instance, enter the school’s name, select the county or coalition it’s located in and press enter or click on the submit button on the bottom of the page.
If your search does not return the expected results, it is usually because the name doesn’t match exactly. Click on Modify Search and remove part of the name. If for instance you enter Ann’s Daycare and Learning Center it will not display if it’s spelled Ann’s Daycare and Learning Ctr. on the website. If you remove everything except Ann and resubmit, the search will return the expected results.
You can narrow your search further by selecting a particular year or program type. To broaden your search, complete only the city, zip code, coalition or county and you will get the results for all providers that meet the specified criteria.
Once you successfully retrieve search results, you can view the summary page of a provider’s readiness rate report by clicking on the provider’s name. To add additional fields to a report, click on the Customize button at the top of the results table.