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Eleven percent of kindergarteners not ready for reading lessons in the classroom

About one-of-every-10 kindergarteners in Wisconsin are not ready for reading lessons in the classroom. That's according to the results of the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening test that was given for the first time last fall. The test is part of a series of education measures passed in the last session of the Legislature. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, 89-percent of kindergarteners met early literacy standards like recognizing letters and sounds. Another version of the test was being given this spring, Schools also had the option of giving mid-winter tests. The State Journal obtained general results. It said the Department of Public Instruction was not planning to publish the results because the test is meant to be a tool for classroom teaching - and it's not meant to provide a comparison of any kind. The D-P-I's Patrick Gasper said the main purpose of the test is to identify those who need help with literacy fundamentals. He says teachers can use the results to fine-tune their reading instruction. The proposed state budget includes money to give the test to four-year-old kindergarteners starting next year - as well as first-and-second graders.