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What families do matters: Q & A with Dr. Karen Mapp What families do matters: Q & A with Dr. Karen Mapp Thursday, April 16, 2015 We recently spoke with Dr. Karen Mapp, one of the nation’s foremost experts on family engagement, about the role engaging families in their children’s learning plays in student achievement. Dr. Mapp has spent the past 20 years focusing on the cultivation of partnerships among families, community members, and educators to foster student success and school improvement. You can hear more from Dr. Mapp next week at our seventh annual Make It Your Business lunch....
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Earl Boyles kindergartners shine on Oregon Kindergarten Assessment Earl Boyles kindergartners shine on Oregon Kindergarten Assessment Tuesday, April 07, 2015 Recently released results from this year’s Oregon Kindergarten Assessment demonstrate a promising upward trend for kindergartners at Earl Boyles Elementary in Portland’s David Douglas School District. Overall, Earl Boyles’ entering kindergartners outperformed their peers in the David Douglas School District and across the state on most dimensions of the kindergarten assessment. The assessment scores were even higher for students who had attended the Earl...
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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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