The Oregon Kindergarten Assessment was created to provide a clearer picture of early learning experiences across the state, and to add to the information teachers and schools need to better understand the needs of students related to social-emotional development, self-regulation, and early literacy and math skills.
Why does Oregon need the Kindergarten Assessment?
We have a responsibility be good stewards of our children’s futures. When we invest early in a child’s life with rich experiences to develop the child’s heart and mind, the child is better able to give back to the community later in life. Children currently enter kindergarten having had a wide variety of early childhood experiences. The Kindergarten Assessment sheds light on these differences and allows us to better target resources for families and children where they are most needed. It also gives schools additional information that can inform how they invest their limited resources in students.