Educators working to get students ready for kindergarten

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Educators have been working on kindergarten readiness and how Pre-K plays a big role in preparing for the classroom.

E3 Alliance found Texas is consistently hitting slightly above 50 percent when it comes to kindergarten readiness. However, last year there was a huge drop bringing the number down to 41 percent. Now, the Texas Association of Business is hosting a Pre-K conference on the issue.

The TAB is behind the push to improve and expand Pre-K in Texas. Joining us in the KXAN studio to talk about the importance and future of Pre-K in Texas, is Bill Hammond, the CEO of TAB.

“Unfortunately as your numbers indicate, kids that go to Pre-K still don’t show up at Kindergarten ready to go,” said Hammond. “So we’re looking at ways to improve classes, focusing also on development so those adults in the classroom that know the practices and levels they should be doing to help the kids become successful in kindergarten.”

The TAB Pre-K conference was held on Tuesday at the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel on Congress Avenue. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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