Some kindergartners in New Jersey and Oregon began school this year with new testing programs as their states look to join a growing national trend.
Twenty-five states currently mandate some kind of formal assessment for kindergarteners, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
In New Jersey, six school districts and one charter school will test the Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA), which Delaware, Colorado and Washington already use, reports the NJ Spotlight. The state chose the system because of its alignment with national Common Core State Standards and its emphasis on early literacy.
Oregon's pilot program -- which is slated to go statewide beginning in fall 2013 -- is being tested in 16 schools, reports The Oregonian. The assessment consists of four timed reading tests, one math-skills test and a student behavior checklist. The testing is free for now, but in subsequent years, it will reportedly cost $1 per child.