Incentive For Students Who Achieve High Smarter Balance Score

By Jim McCoy Tue 5th May NewsEducationSmarter Balance

High school juniors taking the Smarter Balanced assessment this spring or next may be spared from taking a two- to three- hour college placement test if they score high enough on the assessment and take college-level classes their senior year.

The state's Higher Education Coordinating Commission announced the new arrangement, which is being piloted for the next two academic yearRead More »

Oregon School Leaders Seek Delay In Ratings Based On New Tests

By Jim McCoy Tue 10th February NewsEducationSmarter Balanced Tests
Oregon education officials favor a one-year delay in ranking Oregon schools based on new, tougher tests. The Oregonian ( reports the tests are called Smarter Balanced, and they're considered more demanding than the tests the state has been using. They're based on rigorous academic standards called the Common Core, which most states, including Oregon, have aRead More »

Report: Oregon Graduation Rates Far From Governor's Goal

Oregon public high schools have to start picking up the pace if they are to achieve Gov. John Kitzhaber's demand for a 100 percent graduation rate by 2025. The state said Thursday that the on-time graduation rate increased to 72 percent in 2014. That's an increase of 3.3 percentage points from a year earlier, but the gain can be attributed to a new calculation procedure.Read More »

Oregon Gets Troubling News On High School Graduation Rates

By Jim McCoy Tue 27th January NewsEducationgraduation rates
Oregon has nowhere to go but up when it releases the graduation rate for the class of 2014 on Thursday. A U.S. Department of Education report shows Oregon's 69 percent graduation rate for the class of 2013 was worst among the 49 states able to calculate their rates in the way required by the federal government. State education officials acknowledge rates are too low.Read More »

State Issues Oregon Schools A Report Card

By Jim McCoy Thu 9th October NewsEducationOregon schools
The state Department of Education has given Oregon public schools their report cards, and some show marked improvement. The Oregonian ( reports 28 schools rose from the ranks of worst performers, and 49 more were ranked as top performers.Read More »

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 ( ) 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 »


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