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A student’s current proximity to specified knowledge, understanding, and skills. 
It is important to keep in mind that readiness is not a synonym for ability, and the two terms should not be used interchangeably.  The term ability connotes what we sometimes believe to be a more or less fixed and inborn trait.  Readiness suggests a temporary condition that should change regularly as a result of high-quality teaching.  To grow academically, students must work consistently with tasks that are sharply focused on essential knowledge, understanding, or skills and that are a bit too difficult for their current level of readiness.  In addition, students must have a support system in the form of peers and/or teachers who will help them surmount this difficulty and emerge from the task (or sequence of tasks) at a new and more advanced level of readiness.

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