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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 11:57 a.m. | Portland

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.

local | NW Life | Education | Testing 1,2,3

Students Reflect On Challenges Of 'Smarter Balanced' Tests

OPB | April 6, 2015 5:03 p.m.

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.

News | Education | 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.

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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.

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Live From Small Town America: Teachers Who Blog To Stay In Touch

NPR | March 31, 2015 10:53 a.m.

Teachers in remote areas say blogging is a great way to plug into conversations with other educators.

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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.

News | Education | Testing 1,2,3

Teachers Say New Standardized Tests Push Out Other Learning

OPB | March 19, 2015 9:54 a.m.

"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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New Warm Springs Academy Offers Lessons In Tribal Culture

OPB | March 17, 2015 1:47 p.m.

Last fall, a new school opened in Warm Springs. Now, tribal students can go to school on the reservation through eighth grade.

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.

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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

Oregon Teacher Of The Year In Conflict With His Employers

OPB | Feb. 17, 2015 4:58 p.m. | Portland

The 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year was hoping to pressure his school district employers at a school board meeting  Tuesday night but the district canceled the meeting.

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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 | Sept. 11, 2014