A new method for teachers to monitor students progress

The Illinois State Board of Education has introduced a new way for kindergarten teachers to determine if students are ready for grade school. IPR’s Chris Slaby reports.

Kindergarten teachers across the state are using a new method to monitor their students throughout the school day. They're paying special attention to how well the students learn, and how they interact with each other.

More than 60 school districts volunteered to take part in a trial run of the project this school year.Mary Fergus is a spokeswoman for the state board of education. She says the survey will determine if kids need more academic help before they move on to first grade.  Fergus also says it will help teachers improve their methods. "I think it'll give teachers a different frame of thinking about their day-to-day classroom activities and what they're observing in a new way." The Board says it hopes to implement this process statewide by the 2015-2016 school year.