Children eligible for kindergarten enrollment must be five years old on or before September 1st of the current school year. Children eligible for first grade enrollment must have completed kindergarten in a public or non-public school and must be six years old on or before September 1st of the current school year. Documentation needed for registration include a legal birth certificate or other legal evidence of date of birth, physician-signed proof of immunizations, a record of a recent health examination by a Florida physician, and proof of residence. Details about required immunizations and other information that will assist parents in preparing school-age children for education in Florida can be obtained from:

Office of Early Learning
School Readiness Programs

Immunization Information
Florida Department of Health

Assessment & Testing
Florida schools administer the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), an achievement designed to measure specific Sunshine State Standards benchmarks in reading and math. Test scores are measured on a scoring range from 100 to 500 and grouped into five achievement levels: Level 1 (lowest) to Level 5 (highest). For more details on the FCAT or standardized nationwide tests, contact Accountability, Research & Measurement. For general information or answers to specific questions about Florida education, contact the appropriate offices:

Florida Department of Education

Accountability, Research & Measurement

Assessment & School Performance

Early Learning

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