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Lessons learned from New York City on beating chronic absence Lessons learned from New York City on beating chronic absence Wednesday, May 27, 2015 The Children's Institute was excited to meet last week, along with some of our partners, with leaders from the Oregon Department of Education to encourage them to release more detailed data on students who are chronically absent – those who miss 10 percent or more of school days. We're working with a wide range of policymakers, educators, students, families and others who are trying to tackle the problem, and we believe that having an accurate understanding...
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National report praises parts of Oregon’s preschool program, also shows not enough children have access National report praises parts of Oregon’s preschool program, also shows not enough children have access Wednesday, May 13, 2015 The release this week of the annual “State of Preschool” report by the National Institute of Early Education Research underlines the commitment the state of Oregon has made to invest in high-quality preschool. But it also shows the state must do much more to ensure more Oregon children – especially those from low-income families – have access to publicly funded preschool. The “State of Preschool” report examined preschool programs throughout the...
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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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