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Early language development expert shares vision for smart babies Early language development expert shares vision for smart babies Thursday, April 14, 2016 Speaking to an audience of nearly 400 on Tuesday at the Children's Institute's 8th annual Make It Your Business event, Dr. Dana Suskind said, "Babies aren't born smart. They're made smart." As Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medicine, Dr. Suskind puts that belief to work in her practice. As founder and director of the Thirty Million Words initiative, she's building tools and spreading the word so practitioners, educators...
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Oregon Announces Preschool Promise Awardees Oregon Announces Preschool Promise Awardees Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Last week, Oregon's Early Learning Division announced their Preschool Promise award recommendations. The announcement marks an important step in the state’s process to increase publicly funded preschool opportunities for low-income children in Oregon. Preschool Promise, or House Bill 3380, was passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2015 with the goal of providing high-quality preschool in a variety of settings. Preschool Promise expands the types and number...
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Is Oregon Ready to Learn?

Improving Oregon's Kindergarten Readiness Survey
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is_oregon_ready_to_learn_coverAssessments of school readiness, when done correctly, are useful planning tools. Assessing children as they enter kindergarten allows policy-makers to identify and respond to achievement gaps and communities to determine whether children are prepared for success in school. Well-designed assessments help public officials direct resources effectively and efficiently. On the other hand, poorly designed or poorly administered assessments - even if inexpensive - are not a good use of public resources.

As Oregon and the nation move toward comprehensive data systems that track the education of children from birth through college, now is the time to re-engineer Oregon's kindergarten readiness survey to provide Oregonians - policy-makers in particular - a useful tool for measuring school readiness.

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