education

Student Testing
7:11 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Schools Grapple With Linking Student Test Scores To Teacher Evaluations

Jan LeBlanc, a teacher at Cherry Park Elementary, helps one of her students.
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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.

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Charter Schools
6:14 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Idaho Students Looking At A Re-do After Charter School Falls Short

An annual survey by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers found that the closure rate for charter schools in 2013 was 3.3 percent.
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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.

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State In Contempt
7:20 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Orders ‘State’ To Contempt Hearing

The interior of the Wasington State Supreme Court.
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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.

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Education
6:22 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Pre-K Enrollment Down; Northwest Especially Low

The number of preschoolers enrolled in state-funded early childhood education programs is dropping nationally.
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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.

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Portable Classrooms
8:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Inside The Box: School Districts Explore Solutions For Excessive Portable Classroom Use

Workers at Blazer Industries push a half-built portable classroom out the door of the modular building manufacturing plant in Aumsville, Oregon.
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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.

One district in Spokane has found a solution.

Courtney Flatt brings us part 2 of our special series "Inside the Box."

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Education
6:12 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Little Change In National Twelfth Grade Math, Reading Scores

Score gains for math and reading among high school seniors in 11 pilot states.
Credit U.S. Department of Education

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.

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Portable Classrooms
8:06 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Inside The Box: Overcrowded, Underfunded Schools Turn To Environmentally Costly Portable Classrooms

Toys adorn the tackboard walls of Billie Lane's portable classroom at Puyallup's Kalles Junior High, where she's taught for 16 years.
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Thousands of students in Washington and Oregon go to school in what are known as “portable classrooms."

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.

But many of these “temporary” structures are still around. They’re not environmentally friendly or healthy places for students to learn.

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Education
6:26 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Oregon Audit Outlines 'Achievement Gap' In State Middle Schools

Minority and economically disadvantaged 8th 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.

Half of the students at Ogden Middle School in Oregon City qualify for free or reduced lunches. That's a sign of the economic hardships many students face there. Principal Libby Miller says staff members have learned to keep an eye out for kids from struggling families.

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Education Funding
6:08 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Wash. Lawmakers Deliver K-12 Funding Report To High Court

State Supreme Court justices had set an April 30 deadline for Washington lawmakers to detail plans to add billions to the state’s education budget.
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It’s no grand pact for beefing up Washington’s education budget, but a legislative committee did deliver a report on the subject to the state’s high court. 

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Washington Education
4:44 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Inslee, Teachers' Union Clash Over Evaluation Measure

File photo. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has made the case for a controversial teacher evaluation bill.
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Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 3:12 pm

They supported his campaign, but now some unionized teachers in Washington have stern words for Governor Jay Inslee.

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