Project lead: Dr. Shannon Lipscomb, OSU-Cascades


This is a project of the Oregon School Readiness Consortium, with support from the Ford Family Foundation.


In this project we examine how characteristics of the communities in which young children and families live help us to understand the overall school readiness of children within those communities. We seek to identify both risks and resources within communities, and to inform the work of the Oregon Department of Education and the regional Early Learning Hubs.


The current project examines Oregon Kindergarten Assessment (KA) data from the 2014-2015 school year. Scores on all four outcome areas (self-regulation, interpersonal skills, literacy, and math) are modeled at the school, district, and county levels. Predictors of KA scores are modeled at each of these three levels. Data sources include: Oregon Department of Education, and publicly available data. Preliminary findings have been presented to policy makers, practitioners, and researchers, and additional analyses are underway. A policy brief summarizing the findings is forthcoming.


Members of the working group for this project include: Dr. Shannon Lipscomb (OSU-Cascades), Dr. Katherine Pears (Oregon Social Learning Center), Dr. Bridget Hatfield (OSU), Dr. Brianne Kothari (OSU-Cascades), Alicia Miao (PhD student), & Jenn Finders (PhD student)

Our team presented preliminary findings from this this project in July, 2016 in Washington, D.C., at the Administration for Children and Families National Research Conference on Early Childhood. The poster presentation can be viewed here:


New Policy Brief is available here:

Understanding Communities Sheds Light on School Readiness_Lipscomb et al 2017_rev


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