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David Douglas Makes Strides for English Language Learners David Douglas Makes Strides for English Language Learners Thursday, November 06, 2014 At the Children’s Institute we are very proud of our colleagues at David Douglas this week. The district was identified on November 5 by the Oregon Department of Education as one of just 8 districts in the state to meet benchmarks for English Language Learners around language proficiency. There are an estimated 70 languages spoken among students at David Douglas. Every year Oregon Department of Education releases the Annual Measurable Achievement Objective...
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Head Start, Earl Boyles give and take over preschool Head Start, Earl Boyles give and take over preschool Wednesday, October 22, 2014 In three years, the Early Works initiative has forged system change between a school district and one Head Start program, a change that at the outset seemed almost impossible. Three years ago, the Children’s Institute started an early learning demonstration project with community partners including Mt. Hood Community College Head Start, Multnomah Early Childhood Early Education/Early Intervention, David Douglas School District, and Earl Boyles Elementary....
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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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