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Testing Data Highlight Inequities Among Oregon Schools

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 18, 2015

Standardized test results released Thursday show persistent disparities among Oregon students based on income and race.

Oregon Schools Chief Salam Noor Moves Into Position

OPB | Broadcast: July 8, 2015

Salam Noor brings varied experience in the education field to this new job as deputy superintendent of Public Instruction.

New Oregon Law Could Lead To More Testing Opt-Outs

OPB | Broadcast: June 29, 2015

It's unclear what kinds of consequences the state could face now that Governor Kate Brown has signed a bill making it easier for parents to opt their kids out of standardized tests.

Schools Won't Be Evaluated By Student Test Scores If Bill Passes

OPB | Broadcast: March 24, 2015

A bill that would temporarily prohibit standardized test results from being used to evaluate schools passed the Oregon House last week and now moves to the Senate.

Changing Standardized Testing In Oregon

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 9, 2015

MONDAY: OPB education reporter Rob Manning fills us in on the recommendations from a group of educators that's been meeting privately for about a year.

U of O Education Expert Takes On China

OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 8, 2015

THURSDAY: The University of Oregon education professor Yong Zhao's latest book, "Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Dragon?" is a critique of the Chinese education system.

News Roundtable: September 12, 2014

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 12, 2014

FRIDAY: We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

Assessing Kindergarteners

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 24, 2014

MONDAY: A new assessment for students entering kindergarten has some state leaders concerned about results, and some critics questioning the content and method of the test itself.

Grading Oregon Students

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 10, 2013

The way Oregon school districts assess student performance is changing.

Catching Up On Two Regional Stories

OPB | Broadcast: May 3, 2013

Our co-production between KUOW's The Conversation and Think Out Loud begins with a look at two top stories from our region. 

Students Protest Standardized Test

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 11, 2013

Portland Public School students are waging a campaign to boycott a state-mandated standardized test.

Making HIV Tests Routine

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 26, 2012

New federal recommendations say everyone from age 15 to 65 should be tested for HIV.

Writing Requirement

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 6, 2012

Oregon high school students will now have to pass a writing test in order to graduate. What changes will this mean for the state's public schools?

Digital Literacy for Kids

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 11, 2011

Cathy Davidson talks about her new book, Now You See It, and shares her views on how the education system nees to be digitally retooled.

Where are We Failing our Kids?

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 5, 2011

Deborah Meier has spent nearly five decades as an educator — from preschool to college. We'll get her take on what she thinks is missing in this country's education system.

The Nature of Intelligence

OPB | Broadcast: June 29, 2011

How is intelligence linked to memory?

Writing Assessment

OPB | Broadcast: May 31, 2011

What would be lost if Oregon's standardized writing exam were cut?

Schools Left Behind

OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 6, 2008

Did your school get the passing grade?


OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 4, 2008

Would you, or do you, unschool your children?

Essential Skills for the Real World (or College)

OPB | Broadcast: June 20, 2008

What do you think of Oregon's new graduation requirements?