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Oregon's House Education Committee heard testimony Monday on high-stakes exams. A work group of teachers and administrators has recommended less emphasis on end-of-year state exams and more focus on classroom-level assessments.

One House bill would delay using the new "Smarter Balanced" exam results to judge schools and teachers. Another would make it easier to opt out of the tests. Portland parent and teacher Elizabeth Thiel argued that bill should go further - and prohibit sanctions against schools like hers, where students are opting out.

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Democrats in the Oregon legislature fared far better in Tuesday's elections than their counterparts in Congress. The latest tally shows Democrats picking up one seat in the Oregon House and at least one seat in the Oregon Senate.