Program to help parents with students

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PENDLETON -- Oregon's Parent Training and Information Center will present "Preventing Behavioral and Academic Failure & Understanding State Assessment Systems: What are schools doing now, and what should parents know?"

The free event will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Umatilla-Morrow Educational Service District, 2001 S. W. Nye Ave.

Many schools are trying to address student behavior and learning issues before they become big problems, as well as providing additional supports for students who need them, said Robin Wortman with OrPTI.

The presentation is an opportunity to learn how schools are using research based interventions to help all students, including those with academic or behavioral challenges.

"In addition, we will look at statewide assessments. Every child in public school must take Oregon's standardized tests in reading and math beginning at third grade. The state assessment system has many choices," Wortman noted. The goal is to help parents understand different options in order to choose the one that best fits their student.

Child care will be provided. Participants need to pre-register. For more information or to register, contact Wortman at rwortman@oregonrisecenter.org , 541-886-9235 or 888-505-2673, ext. 211.

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