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|Executive Numbered Memo: 010-2012-13 – OAR 581-022-2130 - Kindergarten Assessment|
To: District and ESD Superintendents
From: Rob Saxton, Deputy Superintendent
RE: Oregon Kindergarten Assessment: OAR 581-022-2130
On March 8, 2013 the State Board of Education adopted OAR 581-022-2130 which directs all school districts to administer the Oregon Kindergarten Assessment to students enrolled in kindergarten beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.
The state of Oregon has set an ambitious goal – 100% high school completion by 2025, with the vast majority of students going on to college or workforce training. To make progress toward this goal, and prepare all students for college, career, and citizenship, we must support students and their families from early childhood through higher education. This begins with ensuring students get a strong educational start and enter school ready to learn.
In 2012, the Legislature directed the Early Learning Council and the Department of Education to jointly develop a kindergarten assessment. The Department of Education and the Early Learning Council developed and piloted the kindergarten assessment in fall 2012 and will begin implementing the operational assessment statewide in fall 2013. At the state level, this assessment will provide information to help answer the following questions:
We know achievement gaps start early, generally before students even enter kindergarten, and that schools are most successful at closing these gaps when they are addressed early. The results of the statewide kindergarten assessment will be used to better prepare students for success in kindergarten and beyond. It will not be used to determine whether a child is eligible for entry or access to any public kindergarten.
The kindergarten assessment includes measures in the domains of early literacy, early math, social-emotional, approaches to learning, and self-regulation. It will be administered within the first six weeks of kindergarten with data reported to the Department of Education through ODE’s Consolidated Collections. For the 2013-14 school year, districts will include participation rates for the kindergarten assessment in their Achievement Compacts.
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