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In order to graduate, Oregon students must first show up In order to graduate, Oregon students must first show up Wednesday, January 28, 2015 People who care about Oregon’s kids got a dispiriting jolt this week when the U.S. Department of Education found Oregon to have the worst high school graduation rates in the nation. There are a number of causes for the problem of course. But one of the biggest is this: too many Oregon students – in elementary, middle and high school – are chronically absent from school. Research on Oregon student attendance shows that nearly a quarter of Oregon’s...
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Closing the digital divide at Earl Boyles Elementary Closing the digital divide at Earl Boyles Elementary Monday, January 26, 2015 On a recent Tuesday morning, Earl Boyles Elementary School preschool teacher Katie Herro poses a question to her three- and four-year old students sitting in a circle in front of a digital whiteboard. "How do you build a house?" she asks, and after some exchange with her students she summons one child to come up and touch the house pictured on the screen. A time-lapse video starts in which construction workers lay a foundation, hang beams and drywall, and eventually...
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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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