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More Portland-Area Students Saying 'No' To 'Smarter Balanced' Tests

OPB | April 13, 2015

Concerns over the length, difficulty, and complexity of the new tests have led at least 1,770 Portland-area students to opt out.

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Sanctions Unclear, As Oregon Schools See More Students Opt Out Of New Tests

OPB | April 13, 2015

The large number of Portland students who are declining to take new standardized tests has reached a critical threshold at about twenty schools. But it's not clear what the penalties might be.

Students Reflect On Challenges Of 'Smarter Balanced' Tests

OPB | April 06, 2015

The Language Arts Performance Task is like a research project under test conditions: three days of reading and writing. Seventh graders at H.B. Lee Middle School in the Reynolds School District remember it was hard, but it's been a few weeks since they took it, and the details are fading.

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Washington State School District Gets Tough About Vaccines

AP | April 14, 2015 7:25 a.m.

Spokane school district officials on Monday removed from class 143 students who could not prove they had legally required vaccinations.

Education | News | Testing 1,2,3

'Smarter Balanced' Tests: Essays Replace Multiple Choice

OPB | April 6, 2015 11:02 a.m. | Springfield, Oregon

Oregon's exams for reading and math used to be all multiple choice. The new "Smarter Balanced" tests are not.

Education | local | Class Of 2025

Earl Boyles Teachers 'Flip' Class of 2025 Classroom To Do Common Core Math

OPB | March 30, 2015 1:01 p.m. | Portland

Given the diverse needs of their classrooms, teachers at Earl Boyles Elementary School came up with an approach to target instruction to students' individual needs, relying heavily on technology. In short, teachers have become video producers.

Education | News | Class Of 2025

Common Core Math Requires New Approaches

OPB | March 30, 2015 6 a.m.

"Class of 2025," OPB's occasional series following a class from kindergarten through high school, examines how math instruction has changed since implementation of Common Core standards.


Essential Lens: Analyzing Photographs Across the Curriculum

Essential Lens: Analyzing Photographs Across the Curriculum | Feb. 04, 2015

This multidisciplinary resource, produced by OPB, provides everything a middle school or high school teacher needs to begin using photographs to engage students in deeper understanding and learning of a range of subjects from history to biology.

Class Of 2025

The state of Oregon set a goal to have all of the class of 2025 graduate high school. OPB is following a group of kindergartners as they start their educational journey toward high school. In 2014, those students started second grade. These are some of their stories.

Class Of 2025 | May 18, 2015