Friday, July 31, 2015

Get the Scoop! What You Need to Know About Kindergarten Testing and Opting Out

Photo credit: by sarah-ji at Creative Commons.


Please join Oregon Save Our Schools for an important parent information session  particularly designed for parents of incoming kindergarteners. While geared toward this specific audience, all parents and community members are welcome. The sessions are free and open to the public.

This is information you will NOT be getting from your school district or teachers prior to the first week of school when most kindergarteners in Oregon are administered the state mandated OKA (Oregon Kindergarten Assessment) also sometimes referred to as the KRA (Kindergarten Readiness Assessment) at all publicly funded schools (including charters). 

That’s right- these days in Oregon children are introduced to their first high-stakes standardized test in kindergarten-often on the first day or within the first week of school. Most parents don’t know anything about it as it’s presented as being part of a “meet-n-greet” get to know you time. 

Come find out what this assessment is and isn’t, how its data is and isn’t used, and hear first-hand from actual kindergarten teachers what they think about it and how it informs their work. Learn about how the Common Core standards that the test is based on have quickly changed the way kindergarten is being taught. Get information on the origin and history of these changes and better understand sweeping “education reforms” are impacting our publicly funded schools and how. Information on how to “opt-out” will be available as well.  One shorter session will provide information and time to answer questions.  The two hour sessions will also include the viewing of the documentary Education Inc. with a discussion to follow.

“KINDERGARTEN IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE”

3 DATES/2 LOCATIONS/THREE TIMES- all at Multnomah County Library locales

1)             August 20th THURSDAY                 
                MIDLAND LIBRARY          
                805 SE 122nd Ave Portland                           
                Large Meeting Room    
                6:30-7:30 pm

This event will provide important information about kindergarten assessments and opting out.

2)             August 21st FRIDAY                         
                North Portland Library   
                512 N. Killingsworth St.  Portland              
                Upstairs Large Room    
                10:30 am - 12:30 pm


This session will provide important information about kindergarten assessments and opting out as well as a showing of Education Inc., a documentary that examines broadly and deeply how corporate interests are impacting public education. Kindergarten information session will be held for the first hour. Movie showing and discussion will follow.  

3)             August 23rd SUNDAY                     
                North Portland Library   
                512 N. Killingsworth St. Portland                
                Upstairs Large Room    
                2:30-4:30 pm


This session will provide important information about kindergarten assessments and opting out as well as a showing of Education Inc., a documentary that examines broadly and deeply how corporate interests are impacting public education. Kindergarten information session will be held for the first hour. Movie showing and discussion will follow.  

We hope to see you there!





1 comment:

  1. We need to support this effort to educate our people about the testing machine that is taking over our public schools. Please share this information with as many people as you can.

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