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in New York. And yes, we expect them to be reading level A books by the first report card, when they are not even 5. I fervently wish that we had a fall cut off.

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NoMorePencils 03-02-2019 01:11 PM

5 by August 31st for K

kindiesarefun 02-24-2019 07:58 PM

December 31 in Connecticut. Our poor fall birthday babies are really at a disadvantage. Four and a half is way too young for Kindergarten!

Tapdancesub 02-13-2019 06:06 PM

Five by September 1 in CA. In my district 2/3 of the schools have TK programs for the students who miss the deadline.

teach2read10 02-13-2019 03:01 PM

The year I retired it was August 31.

BayAreaSub 02-11-2019 07:03 PM

but those students who miss the cutoff in our state can sign up for transitional kindergarten. I just subbed in one of those classes today.

MissAgnes 02-11-2019 09:15 AM

5 by September 1st.

Vet3Teacher 02-11-2019 07:58 AM

Last I saw was 5 by Sept. 15th. We start school in August now so I'm not sure if the cutoff date has been changed. We have 4 year olds coming to school in this case.

choppie70 02-10-2019 11:01 AM

Students need to be 5 by October 15th to enter K in Maine.

Years ago I started K in NY. My birthday is October 25th, so I met the December 1st cut off date. When we moved to Maine (I was in 3rd grade), they wanted to place me in 2nd grade due to my age. I had to test out of second grade in order to be placed in 3rd grade.

Lakeside 02-10-2019 08:22 AM

I'm in Massachusetts, and it's technically set by the districts, but the vast majority hover around age 5 by August 31st/September 1st. There are a few scattered October 1st towns, though, and even a couple of December 31st ones.

Some of the charter schools don't officially have one at all, but the ones listed here are pretty much like the publics - 5 by (I assume) their own start dates:

kahluablast 02-10-2019 07:50 AM

Looking at the chart, they are all a lot closer than they used to be. We lived in CA when my youngest was 4-5 - turning 5 in October. CA's cut off was Dec, so she started kinder in July. We moved to NM a couple months later and she had to wait another year to do kinder due to NM's cut off being Sept 1.

Seemed unfair as she had already started school, but it didn't hurt her. She would have done fine educationally continuing on, too.

Lilbitkm 02-10-2019 06:48 AM

FL is 5 by September 1st as well... do we get some that are 4 for the first 2/3 weeks of school.
Though, technically kindergarten isn’t required in Florisa, kids just must be in school by the time they are 6, though most families don’t follow that. We do get a rare case where they homeschool or keep their child out until 6 but again, very rare.

“Florida law, [Section 1003.21 (1)(a) and (2), Florida Statutes], specifies that all children who have attained the age of six years or who will have attained the age of 6 years by February 1 of any school year are required to attend school regularly during the entire school term. Specifically, children are eligible to enroll in public school kindergarten if they have attained age 5 on or before September 1 of the current school year”

I teach third and have a student that was 7 until the end of September bc she started school in Puerto Rico and they start earlier. It happens quite often in our school... we had a 8/9 year old in 5th grade this year due to the same reason. The school did talk to the parents and move her into 4th partway in to the year.

funkid 02-09-2019 07:17 PM

Our district (Ohio) set an August 1st cutoff a few years ago. This happened after kindergarten teachers presented data and research to the school board.

mom23kids 02-09-2019 07:06 PM

kids have to turn 5 by Dec 31 My son bday is 12/17 so he was only 4 up to the end of the year.

iteachk2010 02-09-2019 05:34 PM

NJ cutoff date is Oct. 1.

rana712 02-09-2019 03:48 PM

in New York. And yes, we expect them to be reading level A books by the first report card, when they are not even 5. I fervently wish that we had a fall cut off.

TexTeacher 02-09-2019 02:15 PM

September 1st in Texas

dee 02-09-2019 01:28 PM

Ours is September 1

Violets2 02-09-2019 12:55 PM

Ours is Sept. 1 but...………..parents can sign a waiver so what's the point of a cut off date??

Mrs.Lilbit 02-09-2019 12:50 PM

Tennessee is five by August 15.

Here is a state by state comparison.

Veggirl 02-09-2019 12:41 PM

Yes. That's right. Now if you look it up it is officially Sept. 1st. But parents can get a waiver to start their 4 year olds with Sept., Oct., and Nov. b-days. Guess what now serves as the waiver. Registering! I think Michigan changed the official date (about 5 years ago) to be more in line with the rest of the country but if kiddos can and do still start at 4 until Dec. 1st then we are not in line with the rest of the country.

SusanTeach 02-09-2019 12:14 PM

Sept. 1 here in Mississippi

WGReading 02-09-2019 11:56 AM

WA (may be district determined, I don't know) - August 31st

We normally start school during the last week of August.

Haley23 02-09-2019 11:42 AM

I'm in CO and honestly don't know if our cut off date is set by the district or state. It's September 30th and I think it's absurd. We start school in early August. You can always tell instantly who is still 4!

My sped students also get sent automatically if they meet the cut off, and every year I have kids who made it by 1-5 days. So we know they have a Developmental Delay and we also think they should be the youngest in the class? Yeah, that's setting them up for success . I'd love to have August 1st!

IA11 02-09-2019 11:27 AM

In Kentucky, the cut off date is 1 August.

suzyteach 02-09-2019 10:41 AM

5 by September 1st in Oregon

luvtulearn 02-09-2019 10:38 AM

September 1st.

Keltikmom 02-09-2019 10:27 AM

In California you have to be 5 to enter kindergarten. I think the cutoff date is sometime in August?

sevenplus 02-09-2019 10:17 AM

Districts set the cut-off date here in Ohio so it varies.

Mine is September 30th.

Zia 02-09-2019 09:58 AM

Do you mean the age cut-off? Kids have to turn 5 by midnight August 31...or maybe September 1? It's one or the other! I'm in New Mexico.

Boymom21 02-09-2019 09:48 AM

When do kids come to school in your state? Please list the state, too.

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