Portland Art-Focused School Shows Gains

Reading scores are up at King Elementary, a school at the center of local and federal efforts to boost achievement with arts-based curricula.

News | Education

Board Tightens Requirements On Instructional Hours For Oregon Students

AP | Jan. 22, 2015 5:30 p.m.

The Oregon Board of Education approved more stringent requirements Thursday for how many hours public school students spend learning each year.  

Education | Books | Nation

The Past, Present And Future of High-Stakes Testing

NPR | Jan. 22, 2015 6:33 a.m.

Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why are Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.

News | Education

Class Of 2025: The Reading Range In 2nd Grade

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

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.

Education | Nation

What Schools Could Use Instead Of Standardized Tests

NPR | Jan. 06, 2015 1:26 p.m.

A bill is being drafted that would end annual testing requirements. What would schools do without them?

Education | Nation

Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs

NPR | Dec. 31, 2014 8:03 a.m.

A growing body of research suggests that teaching really young kids how to recognize and express their feelings can help them into their adult lives.

Entertainment | Education | Books | Technology

Vocab-Intensive Tech For Toddlers Encourages 'Anytime, Anywhere Learning'

NPR | Dec. 31, 2014 5:09 a.m.

Sesame Workshop's games are designed to help kids learn words and have fun. One New York City educator says it's never too soon to teach tykes that technology can be more than just entertainment.


The Man Behind Common Core Math

NPR | Jan. 05, 2015 10:29 a.m.

The Common Core math standards were largely written by a physics professor working part-time in his garage. Now they're in use by tens of millions of students nationwide.


Shaping Wood, Understanding Sound And An Eye For Style

NPR | Dec. 30, 2014 4:26 p.m.

Mike Lindstrom crafts steel string and classical guitars during his hours away from teaching third grade at Kyffin Elementary School in Golden, Colo.

Education | Nation

Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success

NPR | Dec. 11, 2014 11:01 a.m.

A new study is focusing on what works best to prepare kids for school. Math may be what really counts, say researchers, one of who describes it as "a lever to improve outcomes for kids longer term."

Education | Health

Kids' Drawings Speak Volumes About Home

NPR | Dec. 08, 2014 9:10 a.m.

A first-grader's quick doodle can tell researchers plenty about what's happening — or not happening — at home.

Featured: Class Of 2025

Oregon has set a goal to have all of the class of 2025 graduate high school. OPB is following a group students from now until the year 2025. Learn more about the project, or comment here.


This project is part of American GraduateLet’s Make It Happen! — a public broadcasting initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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