education http://nwpr.org en Oregon Teachers To Face Exit Exams In Years To Come http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-teachers-face-exit-exams-years-come <p>This summer in Oregon, education leaders brought together teaching professors and school officials to improve teacher training. The June institute followed a national report, critical of training programs. And new teachers will soon be asked to pass a new standardized test. Think of it as a Common Core for teachers in training. Rob Manning has more. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:37:23 +0000 Rob Manning 48667 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Teachers To Face Exit Exams In Years To Come Washington Voters May Decide Class Size And Money In Politics Measures http://nwpr.org/post/washington-voters-may-decide-class-size-and-money-politics-measures <p>This is the season for summer concert lineups. But there’s another lineup coming this fall - the one on your ballot. Thursday is the deadline for initiative sponsors in Washington and Oregon to submit their petitions to qualify for the November election. Pot legalization and GMO-labeling are among the issues likely to make the ballot in Oregon. In Washington, it’s guns, money and class-size.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:43:04 +0000 Austin Jenkins 48376 at http://nwpr.org Washington Voters May Decide Class Size And Money In Politics Measures Schools Grapple With Linking Student Test Scores To Teacher Evaluations http://nwpr.org/post/schools-grapple-linking-student-test-scores-teacher-evaluations <p>It's summer vacation for students - and teachers - across the country. Administrators often use the summer to take a bigger look at how schools are doing, and that can mean a critical look at teachers. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Rob Manning looks at evaluations for current teachers - and the role of student test scores in those evaluations. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:11:51 +0000 Rob Manning 48342 at http://nwpr.org Schools Grapple With Linking Student Test Scores To Teacher Evaluations Idaho Students Looking At A Re-do After Charter School Falls Short http://nwpr.org/post/idaho-students-looking-re-do-after-charter-school-falls-short <p>About 30 high school freshmen and sophomores who attended a charter school in eastern Idaho may have to repeat classes, or even an entire grade, next year. A state commission found their fledgling school failed to measure up.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 01:14:03 +0000 Jessica Robinson 47952 at http://nwpr.org Idaho Students Looking At A Re-do After Charter School Falls Short Washington Supreme Court Orders ‘State’ To Contempt Hearing http://nwpr.org/post/washington-supreme-court-orders-state-contempt-hearing <p>A frustrated Washington Supreme Court appears ready to hold state officials in contempt. The high court late Thursday ordered the “state” to appear at a hearing in September to address the lack of a plan to fully fund basic education. The court’s highly unusual move follows a 2012 ruling that the state isn’t meeting its constitutional obligation to school children. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has details. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:20:28 +0000 Austin Jenkins 47416 at http://nwpr.org Washington Supreme Court Orders ‘State’ To Contempt Hearing Pre-K Enrollment Down; Northwest Especially Low http://nwpr.org/post/pre-k-enrollment-down-northwest-especially-low <p>The number of preschoolers enrolled in state-funded early childhood education programs is dropping nationally. A national study released Tuesday shows that Northwest states are holding steady in terms of overall enrollment but continue to rank near the bottom in some key areas.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 01:22:25 +0000 Chris Lehman 45872 at http://nwpr.org Pre-K Enrollment Down; Northwest Especially Low Inside The Box: School Districts Explore Solutions For Excessive Portable Classroom Use http://nwpr.org/post/inside-box-school-districts-explore-solutions-excessive-portable-classroom-use <p>Students around the Northwest go to school every day in portable classrooms. These classrooms are an affordable solution to budget-strapped districts that need more space. But they can be bad for student health and performance. That’s why some districts are moving away from portable classrooms.</p><p>One district in Spokane has found a solution.</p><p>Courtney Flatt brings us part 2 of our special series "Inside the Box." Thu, 08 May 2014 15:15:24 +0000 Ashley Ahearn & Courtney Flatt 45587 at http://nwpr.org Inside The Box: School Districts Explore Solutions For Excessive Portable Classroom Use Little Change In National Twelfth Grade Math, Reading Scores http://nwpr.org/post/little-change-national-twelfth-grade-math-reading-scores <p>The federal government just released its latest national test scores for high school seniors and it’s not good news. A significant number of graduates are below standard for math and reading. But there are some signs of improvement in the Northwest.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 01:12:22 +0000 Chris Lehman 45573 at http://nwpr.org Little Change In National Twelfth Grade Math, Reading Scores Inside The Box: Overcrowded, Underfunded Schools Turn To Environmentally Costly Portable Classrooms http://nwpr.org/post/inside-box-overcrowded-underfunded-schools-turn-environmentally-costly-portable-classrooms <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="323.4375" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pLvEtnw28L4?feature=player_embedded" width="575"></iframe></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Thousands of students in Washington and Oregon go to school in what are known as “portable classrooms."</p><p>These temporary structures were a quick solution to the problem of growing population and lack of funding for school facilities in parts of the Northwest.</p><p>But many of these “temporary” structures are still around. They’re not environmentally friendly or healthy places for students to learn.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 15:06:12 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 45534 at http://nwpr.org Inside The Box: Overcrowded, Underfunded Schools Turn To Environmentally Costly Portable Classrooms Oregon Audit Outlines 'Achievement Gap' In State Middle Schools http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-audit-outlines-achievement-gap-state-middle-schools <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Minority and economically disadvantaged </span>8th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> graders in Oregon are falling behind in the classroom. That's according to a new audit released Wednesday by the Oregon Secretary of State's office. It shows that students from those groups are often a year behind their peers in reading and math.</span></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 01:26:04 +0000 Chris Lehman 45218 at http://nwpr.org