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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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Education | local | News | Testing 1,2,3

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.

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Students Reflect On Challenges Of 'Smarter Balanced' Tests

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

Part 4 of OPB's "Testing 1-2-3" series looks at a section of Oregon's new "Smarter Balanced" exams, that resembles a research project under test conditions. Four students at H.B. Lee Middle School in the Reynolds School District have our review.

Education | News | Testing 1,2,3

'Smarter Balanced' Tests: Essays Replace Multiple Choice

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

Part 3 of OPB's "Testing 1-2-3" series looks at a change in Oregon's exams toward writing, and away from multiple choice.

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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.


Education | News | Class Of 2025: Follow Students From 1st Grade To Graduation

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.

Education | News | Testing 1,2,3

Teachers Say New Standardized Tests Push Out Other Learning

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

Part 2 of "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.

Education | News | Testing 1,2,3

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. Part 1 in an occasional series called "Testing 1, 2, 3" takes a look at the youngest test takers — third graders.

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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.

Education | News

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.


Class Of 2025: Follow Students From 1st Grade To Graduation

Oregon set a goal to have graduate 100 percent of students in the class of 2025. OPB has followed a group of students from kindergarten as they start their educational journey toward high school. Third grade is almost over for the Class of 2025. These are some of their stories.

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