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Community health assessment builds connections between health, early learning Community health assessment builds connections between health, early learning Monday, September 08, 2014 “It’s healing for my soul to see the neighborhood,” Sharnissa Secrett said as she walked up a brick walkway to a small house just a few blocks from Earl Boyles Elementary in Southeast Portland. She hadn’t lived in the neighborhood long and was looking for a way to get involved with the elementary school and get to know her neighbors. Secrett decided to work as a data collector this summer for the Earl Boyles neighborhood community health assessment,...
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Kindergarten transition programs find growing success Kindergarten transition programs find growing success Tuesday, August 26, 2014 "Everyone, grab someone's hand," said Andreina Velasco, the Children's Institute Early Works Site Liaison at Earl Boyles Elementary School in Southeast Portland, to a group of about 20 parents and family members of new kindergartners. The group, attendees of the Earl Boyles Early Kindergarten Transitions class, gathered around her and created a human knot. They proceeded to work out how to untie it. After climbing over tables and doing quite a bit giggling,...
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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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