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The Early Link Blog

Convincing legislators of what we know: early learning is a smart investment Convincing legislators of what we know: early learning is a smart investment Tuesday, February 24, 2015 We are now three weeks into the Oregon legislative session, and our commitment to getting more kids served in high-quality early learning programs while continuing to strengthen the early learning system could not be stronger. Almost three-quarters of children from low-income Oregon families – or more than 30,000 – lack access to high-quality preschool. Only a tiny fraction of eligible families have access to the coaching and support an experienced home...
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Moving forward for Oregon's children Moving forward for Oregon's children Tuesday, February 17, 2015 When Governor Kitzhaber resigned last week, Oregon lost the extraordinary vision and leadership of one of the foremost early childhood advocates in the nation. His understanding of early childhood education and clear and courageous diagnosis of and prescription for how to chart a new course for Oregon through health and education reforms was unmatched by any other governor I have seen in my time as an advocate for children. The circumstances surrounding this...
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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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