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With increasingly tight budgets, many public school districts lack research personnel to evaluate program efficacy or investigate best practices that raise student achievement. We highlight an example of a successful university-district partnership that offers district-driven research support while providing opportunities for practitioner-scholars to learn first-hand how to perform rigorous evaluation work. This article details the Early Kindergarten Transition program evaluation study conducted by a university-district partnership as well as testimony from district leadership on the utility of the research deliverables and long-term benefits of the research collaboration.


College-school cooperation--Oregon; Kindergarten; Portland Public Schools (Or.)

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Tarasawa, Beth; Ralson, Nicole C.; and Waggoner, Jacqueline (2016) "Leveraging University-School District Research Partnerships: Exploring the Longitudinal Effects of an Early Kindergarten Transition Program," Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk: Vol. 7 : Iss. 1 , Article 6.

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Journal Article