The Minnesota Readiness Study in St. Paul has released new data showing an achievement gap exists even before students begin elementary school, particularly among children of color and those living in poverty.
The study found that 60% of all students had the prerequisite skills for kindergarten. However, only 44% of Hispanic children were ready. The study also found that only 52% of children living below the poverty line were ready for kindergarten, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
According to the report, kindergartners who had not attained pre-K proficiency were more than twice as likely require special education services or be retained by 3rd grade.