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Another victory – and now one more yard to the goal line – for Oregon’s children Another victory – and now one more yard to the goal line – for Oregon’s children Wednesday, July 01, 2015 The Oregon Legislature’s Joint Ways and Means Committee yesterday approved making a vital investment in high quality preschool for Oregon children. It also approved critical investments in a range of other birth-through-third-grade initiatives to improve early learning in Oregon. The committee’s 21-2 vote was a vote of support for the Children’s Institute’s entire legislative agenda, including not only the expanded preschool program but also expansion...
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Earl Boyles parent represents community at national family engagement conference Earl Boyles parent represents community at national family engagement conference Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Earl Boyles Elementary School parent Adriana Govea had never been on an airplane before last week. But on June 22, she and Andreina Velasco, the Children’s Institute’s Early Works site liaison at Earl Boyles, boarded a plane to Chicago for the Institute for Educational Leadership’s 2015 National Family and Community Engagement Conference, “Shaping Our Future by Leading Together.” Adriana readily faced her trepidation about her first flight – and...
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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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