Kids & Family

Teachers Say New Standardized Tests Push Out Other Learning

OPB | March 19, 2015

"Testing 1-2-3," OPB's occasional series on standardized testing, examines questions raised about the amount of time new federally mandated Common Core tests take.

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Nation | Education

In Congress, New Attention To Student-Privacy Fears

NPR | March 24, 2015 7:30 a.m.

A House bill seeks to restrict what private companies can do with information collected on students.

Nation | Education

Q&A: Raising Kids Who Want To Read

NPR | March 18, 2015 6:10 a.m.

Daniel Willingham's new book is full of advice for parents and teachers hoping to nurture a love of reading in kids.

Nation | Education

Why Many Smart, Low-Income Students Don't Apply To Elite Schools

NPR | March 16, 2015 5:01 p.m.

A surprising number of academically gifted, low-income students are not applying to the Ivy league universities and selective colleges they're sure to get into.

News | Education

Oregon 3rd Graders Prepare For 'Smarter Balanced' Exams

OPB | March 5, 2015 6 a.m. | Portland

Testing is on the minds of public school students, teachers and parents as new standardized exams roll out this month. This first story in an occasional series called "Testing 1, 2, 3" takes a look at the youngest test takers — third graders.

News | Education

Oregon's College Grants Help Only 1 In 5 Poor Students

OPB | Feb. 24, 2015 7:29 a.m.

The Opportunity Grant is for very low-income college students to spend at the Oregon college or university of their choice. But its reach is limited.

News | Education

Free Community College? Here's How That Might Work In Oregon

OPB | Feb. 23, 2015 10:21 a.m.

President Obama's goal of "free community college" has spurred a debate over how to help more people afford higher education.

News | Education | local

Oregon Schools Growing, Some Districts More Than Others

OPB | Feb. 4, 2015 5:27 p.m. | Portland

Oregon public school enrollment rose by a fraction of a percent, but a number of districts are seeing much faster growth than that.

News | Education | local

Oregon's Graduation Rate: Unpacking The Numbers

OPB | Jan. 29, 2015 5:13 p.m. | Portland

A national report this week put Oregon last among states for its 2013 high school graduation rate. On paper, Oregon's 2014 graduation rate went up a few points.  What's happening on the ground is often a good news, bad news story.

News | Education | Class Of 2025

Class Of 2025: The Reading Range In 2nd Grade

OPB | Dec. 19, 2014 4:28 p.m. | Portland

Some second graders at Earl Boyles Elementary are reading. Some are struggling. Oregon officials say how kids read by 3rd grade has a big influence on whether they'll graduate - nine years later.


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.

OPB | Sept. 11, 2014