State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Oregon

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 6 Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 339.010
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on or before September 1 Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 336.092
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Opt-in: Age 5, if the child's cognitive, social and physical development would be best met in a school program. Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 336.095
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? No. Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 336.095
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Half-Day Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 336.095
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 450 hours of instruction per year for half-day kindergarten. 900 hours of instruction per year for full-day kindergarten through grade 8. Or. Admin. R. 581-022-2320
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulation.
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Teacher preparation: The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission must establish standards for teacher preparation program that require approved educator training programs to demonstrate that candidates receive training in how to provide instruction that enables student to meet or exceed third-grade reading standards. Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 342.147
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulation.
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Early Childhood Endorsement, pre-kindergarten through grade 3. The endorsement is not required to teach prek-3. Or. Admin. R. 584-225-0070
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? A statewide kindergarten readiness assessment must be administered to all kindergarten students. Or. Admin. R. 581-022-2130
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? The results must be included in the state longitudinal data system. Or. Admin. R. 581-022-2130
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? The Early Learning Kindergarten Readiness Partnership and Innovation Program provides grants to form partnerships that assist children in becoming ready for kindergarten. Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 336.101
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? The kindergarten entrance assessment measures school readiness, which may include physical and social-emotional development, early literacy, language and cognitive skills, and logic and reasoning. Or. Admin. R. 581-022-2130
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? The Early Success Reading Initiative requires screening and continuous monitoring of student's reading progress from kindergarten through third grade with research-based assessments. Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 329.834
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Administrators and teachers are allowed to use the assessment results to guide instructional decisions, implement schoolwide (K-3) reading action plans, provide strategies for student groups, and provide structured interaction with parents. The results of the KEA are required to be put in the state longitudinal database. Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 329.834
Or. Admin. R. 581-022-2130
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulations.
Is there a third grade retention policy? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulations.
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Yes, priority is given to applicants for the Kindergarten Readiness Partnership and Innovation Program who demonstrate a commitment to family engagement and three-way partnerships among early childhood programs, school, and parents and families Or. Admin. R. 414-800-0120
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Social-emotional development is assessed in the KEA as a measure of school readiness. Or. Admin. R. 581-022-2130

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