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Maryland Model for School Readiness


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New!  Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR Online) - Kindergarten Assessment Users Guide - A manual for the administration of the MMSR assessment tool and the interpretation of assessment results.  Click here for the Kindergarten Teachers' Version of the Users Guide.  Click here for an MMSR School Readiness PowerPoint presentation. (click here for a .pdf version of the presentation).

The Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR) is an assessment and instructional system designed to provide parents, teachers, and early childhood providers with a common understanding of what children know and are able to do upon entering school.  Under the MMSR system, all children entering kindergarten are assessed for level of mastery across several learning domains.

The MMSR is important because it provides a common goal and language of how parents, teachers, and providers can support young children's learning. MMSR incorporates research-based instruction, age-appropriate assessment of children's learning, and effective communication among teachers, parents, and early childhood providers.  Teachers and providers receive on-going professional development to implement these practices.

Click on the following for additional information about MMSR:

·       What is MMSR?

·       MMSR Syllabus

·       MMSR/VSC Framework and Standards

·       MMSR Exemplars

Click here for the 2013-2014 MMSR Technical Report.


Click here for 2011-12 MMSR Kindergarten Assessment data.


Click here for a reliability analysis of the MMSR Kindergarten Assessment data.




Contact Information
Maryland Model for School Readiness
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200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  (410) 767-0335
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