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.
News | Education | local | Testing 1,2,3OPB | 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.
NW Life | Education | local | Testing 1,2,3OPB | 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.
Oregon's exams for reading and math used to be all multiple choice. The new "Smarter Balanced" tests are not.
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.
Teachers in remote areas say blogging is a great way to plug into conversations with other educators.
"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.
Last fall, a new school opened in Warm Springs. Now, tribal students can go to school on the reservation through eighth grade.
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.
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.
Oregon public school enrollment rose by a fraction of a percent, but a number of districts are seeing much faster growth than that.
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.