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4/18/2013 9:02:00 AM
Update on Kindergarten Assessment Required Beginning Fall 2013

Background information is in Executive Numbered Memo issued on April 2, 2013, which was previewed in the March 21, 2013 Assessment and Accountability Update.

New for 2013-14, DTCs from all districts supporting Kindergarten programs in 2013-14 are also required to participate in a specialized Kindergarten Assessment Training.

TEST WINDOW AND GUIDELINES
The State Kindergarten Test Window will be from Monday, August 12, 2013 through Thursday, October 24, 2013. Guidelines for the Kindergarten Assessment will be included in the Preliminary Test Administration Manual which will be posted in May. ODE anticipates that school districts will establish a local test window that occurs during the first six weeks of that district's school year.

TRAINING
In addition to addressing protocols for administering the Kindergarten Assessment, this training will also address the general test administration and security training that is required for all test administrators. The following table includes the 2013-14 schedule for the required ODE-provided Kindergarten Assessment Training. This training schedule includes six in-person options as well as a WebEx option.

Date Time Location
May 16, 2013 Afternoon (Hours, TBD) Willamette ESD, Salem
May 17, 2013 1:30 - 4:00p PDT Douglas ESD, Roseburg
May 23, 2013 1:30 - 4:00p PDT WebEx
July 22, 2013 Morning (Hours, TBD) Malheur ESD, Vale
August 7, 2013 Morning (Hours, TBD) Clackamas ESD, Clackamas
August 12, 2013 9:30 - Noon PDT InterMountain ESD, Pendleton
August 15, 2013 Afternoon (Hours, TBD) Ridgeview High School, Redmond


To register for a training session, DTCS must contact their Regional ESD Partner PDF by May 15, 2013. DTCs who are unable to participate in one of these ODE-provided trainings must notify their regional ESD partner by August 8, 2013 and make arrangements for make-up training. The Kindergarten Assessment Training will follow a train-the-trainer model. Districts are welcome to include additional staff beyond the DTC (e.g., school test coordinators, kindergarten teachers, or others who will administer the assessment) in the ODE-provided training. However, if districts do not have school test coordinators or test administrators participate directly in the ODE-provided training, then districts must separately ensure that these staff are trained locally prior to administering the Kindergarten Assessment.

For additional information, contact Kara Williams at kara.williams@state.or.us eMail.

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Contact(s) for this Announcement
  • Kara Williams Email    (503) 947-5728
    Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education - Early Education to K-3 – Education Specialist
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