All children should have equal opportunity to meet the more rigorous
standards begin set in place from kindergarten onwards. When children do not attend kindergarten,
they bear the risk of entering 1st grade (and, in some cases, 2nd
grade) behind their peers - not only in math and reading, but
socialization opportunities, physical development, and approaches to
learning. As high-stakes tests become
more commonplace, ensuring every child has equal time to learn the skills
they are tested on is only fair. Furthermore, when all children attend
kindergarten, teachers in the grades that follow can avoid playing catch up
and, instead, work towards higher-level goals that build on the strong
foundations laid by earlier learning opportunities – making classes stronger
as a whole.
Additionally, requiring attendance when age eligible circumvents redshirting,
the practice of holding a child back a year so he/she enters kindergarten about
a year older than peers and, presumably, more advantaged in skills (for more
information on redshirting, see statement #10).