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Ready for School Campaign Launches Ready for School Campaign Launches Tuesday, December 16, 2014 The Ready for School Leaders Panel and the Children’s Institute are poised to make a significant impact for Oregon’s youngest and most vulnerable children in the 2015 Legislative Session. Today we release Advancing Birth-to-Third Grade Success, our policy brief that makes the case for the critical investments and policy changes in 2015 that are strongly supported by research and support on-track health and development, kindergarten readiness, and third-grade...
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Oregon loses federal preschool grant bid; what’s next? Oregon loses federal preschool grant bid; what’s next? Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Oregon faced a significant loss for early education last week when it learned it was not one of the 18 states awarded a federal Race to the Top- Preschool Development Grant. The 18 successful state grantees will have the opportunity to expand preschool to 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families and serve as national models for high quality state preschool expansion. This grant opportunity would have meant $60 million over four years to fund high-quality...
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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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