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Teachers' Union Opposes Common Core Testing

The union for Oregon's 40,000 teachers is asking state schools chief Rob Saxton to cancel next spring's Common Core reading and math tests. The Oregon Education Association says the new exams are unproven, too hard and would harm students by making most of them feel like failures. Saxton agrees the tests will be challenging, but he said Monday he won't consider canceling them beRead More »

Report: More Than 86,000 Oregon Kids in Special Ed

By Jim McCoy Wed 2nd April NewsEducation
The number of Oregon students in special education increased by less than 1 percent from a year ago. State figures released Wednesday show 86,015 students in special education programs.Read More »

State Awards Money To Expand Technical Education

By Jim McCoy Tue 7th January NewsEducationeducation grants
Oregon officials announced Tuesday that 140 schools will split $8.9 million to boost career and technical education. The 2011 Legislature approved $2 million to bring back vocational programs to 21 middle schools and high schools, and the 2013 Legislature more than quadrupled that expenditure. A committee reviewed applications from districts across the state and awarded grant monRead More »

Oregon Releases Report Card On K Thru 12 System

By Jim McCoy Tue 26th November NewsEducationState of Oregon
The Oregon Department of Education has released its annual report card. The 83-page report (http://is.gd/dZFXSw ) contains information on just about everything you might want to know about the statewide school system, such as the average annual salary for an Oregon teacher ($57,590), the percentage of students eligible for a free or reduced lunch (54 percent) and the percentage of studentRead More »

Feature: Oregon Program Aims To Add More Minority Teachers

By Jim McCoy Mon 11th November NewsEducationminority teacher hiringTeach Oregon
Every day for four years, Yareli Montaño came home from work and was miserable. The 23-year-old from Merrill, just south of Klamath Falls, worked at two retail clothing stores at Valley River Center.Read More »

Oregon's Math, Reading Scores Steady

By Jim McCoy Thu 7th November NewsEducation
Oregon's fourth- and eighth-graders are doing about the same on math and reading tests as they were two years ago and aren't far from the national averages. The 2013 Nation's Report Card released on Thursday says 41 percent of Oregon's fourth-graders and 34 percent of eighth-graders scored at or above the proficient level for math, compared to 42 percent and 34 percent nationally.Read More »

Oregon Releases Redesigned School Report Card

By Jim McCoy Thu 10th October NewsEducationreports cards
The state has released its redesigned report cards for Oregon's public schools and districts. The new cards track more information on student performance, school curricula and college readiness. State officials said Thursday they tried to design a system that rewards schools that help all their students improve, not just give good grades to those with high passing rates on state tests.Read More »

Oregon Math SATs Falling

By Jim McCoy Thu 26th September NewsEducationmathematicsSAT tests
This year's SAT results showed a drop in math scores among Oregon members of the class of 2013. The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/14JsEIZ) reports it's the poorest showing among public high school students on the math section of the college entrance exam in the past 12 years. Some experts on the test say many students get good grades in math classes by getting homework in, by particiRead More »

State Testing Scores Lower, Especially in Writing

By Jim McCoy Thu 12th September NewsEducationOAKS testingRob Saxton
The results of Oregon's standardized tests tumbled this year, and were down markedly in high school writing. The Oregonian reports state education leaders blame the poor performance on budget cuts that have resulted in fewer school days and larger classes, and on limits on the number of test do-overs. State schools chief Rob Saxton says the results are overall disappointing. Read More »

Oregon Well Short of Achieving Goal of Sending More Grads To College

By Jim McCoy Mon 10th June NewscollegeEducation
Oregon adopted a goal two years ago of sending 80 percent of high school graduates to college. Data from the National Student Clearinghouse show that just 61 percent of the class of 2011 enrolled in a college or community college.Read More »

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