Early Learning Transition Check-In:
A Collaborative Engagement with Community
Early Learning Transition Check-In: A Collaborative Engagement with Community
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Early Learning Division (ELD) are collaborating with communities across the state to redesign the Oregon Kindergarten Assessment (OKA). The redesigned tool will support anti-racist practices and a whole-child approach, fostering a safe and supportive environment in which Oregon’s young children and families can learn and thrive.
On May 19, ODE and ELD presented the initial plan for developing a redesigned tool, “Early Learning Transition Check-In: A Collaborative Engagement with Community,” to the Oregon State Board of Education.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the OKA was suspended by the State Board of Education from fall 2020 to 2021. The OKA was previously given each fall to entering kindergartners to assess three core areas of learning and development: early literacy, early math and interpersonal/self-regulation skills. The delay presented ODE and ELD with an opportunity to redesign the tool with Oregon communities. Together, we can develop a reimagined tool that is meaningful and supportive of Oregon children, families, and educators.
ODE and ELD are collaborating with an advisory panel to redesign the assessment tool.The advisory panel consists of early educators, kindergarten educators, early learning system partners, and researchers. With guidance from an advisory panel, ODE and ELD developed the below purpose, goals, and timeline.