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ODE gives educators new tool to improve attendance ODE gives educators new tool to improve attendance Tuesday, September 01, 2015 While ODE previously released some measures of chronic absence in school and district report cards, these new data will provide a level of detail that will give policymakers, educators and parents a detailed understanding of the problem – and a starting place to address it. Specifically, the new data release will provide chronic absence rates at the school district and school level, and will disaggregate these numbers to show chronic absence among racial,...
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A conversation with a Yoncalla Early Works parent: taking steps forward for her family A conversation with a Yoncalla Early Works parent: taking steps forward for her family Tuesday, September 01, 2015 Ginger Most and her family are examples of how initiatives like Early Works can help change lives. The Children’s Institute helped launch the Early Works initiative to bring parents, schools and communities together to meet the needs of children from birth through third grade and to serve as learning laboratories to connect early learning with the early grades. The initiative has two sites – at Earl Boyles Elementary in east Portland and at Yoncalla Elementary...
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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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