Most area kids may not be ready for kindergarten, according to recent data presented to the Santa Barbara Unified School District at Tuesday’s board meeting. Only 37 percent of nearly 600 students tested were considered “ready to go.” Though close to half of “non-disadvantaged, English-proficient students” were considered prepared, the numbers were much lower for female and male low-income English learners ​— ​19.2 and 11.2 percent, respectively.


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