Listen to this story on the Educate podcast. Subscribe now:Fall means the start of school. And with it, a new class of kindergarteners enter the gladiator's arena of American schooling. But what does it mean to be ready for school? Entering kindergarten, educators want kids to have a base level of cognitive and behavioral skills. The cognitive side is more what we think of when we think of academic achievement: shape and color perception, letter recognition, simple word pronunciation, and counting.