Kindergarten Enrollment Change

On Wednesday, November 14th, the North Canton City Schools Board of Education voted to change the deadline for kindergarten registration from turning five years old on or before September 30th to turning five on or before August 1st during the year in which the child begins kindergarten. This change will take place beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

The decision to make this change was the result of an eighteen-month study in which district personnel compared the performance of students who entered kindergarten with late birth dates compared to children who entered with earlier birth dates. Some of the most important data gathered in our study included the following:

  • Over the past three years, students in kindergarten through third grade who had late birthdays scored “Off Track” on the state-mandated fall reading diagnostic 75% more frequently than students who had early birthdays.  
  • Over the past three years, students in third grade who had late birthdays failed to pass the state test in English Language Arts 85% more frequently than students who had early birthdays. In math, they failed the third-grade state test 46% more frequently.  
  • Over the past ten years, 23% of the district’s students who have been retained in any grade level have been students who turned five years old after August 1st but before October 1st of the year they entered kindergarten, compared to only 6% of retentions being students who turned six years old after August 1st but before October 1st of the year they entered kindergarten.    
  • Over the past 14 years, when students’ birthdays were after August 1st but before October 1st, 65% of parents have already chosen to wait the extra year to enroll their child in kindergarten. 

In addition to the above information, the district feels this change is in the best interest of students’ social and emotional needs.

We feel it’s imperative to share this information with you immediately in case you wish to make plans for your child to continue in his/her current educational setting for the upcoming school year. 

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