education

RadioActive at South Park
11:04 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Shake Off That SAT Stress

RadioActive Youth Producer Evan Adams speaks at the Fall 2012 Listening Party at the South Park Community Center.
Credit Jason Pagano / KUOW

RadioActive youth producer Evan Adams is a junior at Garfield High School in Seattle. He is stressing about taking the SAT because he wants to get into the college of his dreams, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But MIT requires high SAT scores, and Evan struggles with tests. He shares his story.

Right now at school I get OK grades — I'm working to get all As. But I have pretty much failed every major test since the beginning of sixth grade despite the countless hours I have spent studying for the tests.

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School Funding
10:33 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Washington Governor Proposes Taxes For Schools

Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 4:20 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is proposing to extend two temporary taxes for three-and-a-half years in order to make a $1 billion down payment on a recent Supreme Court ruling that found the state is not adequately funding public schools. Much of that new money would go to reduce K-2 class sizes, speed up the phase-in of all-day kindergarten and help districts with basic operating and maintenance costs.

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Standardized Testing
5:08 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Wash. Schools Chief Calls For Fewer High School Exit Exams

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Washington’s chief of K-12 education says the state’s high school students are required to take too many exit exams in order to graduate.

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Education Funding
7:20 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Seven Seattle-Area School Districts Win $40M Race To The Top Grant

Seattle-area schools, with some of the highest populations of students living in poverty, have been awarded a $40M federal grant.
Flickr Photo/ccarlstead

Seven Seattle-area school districts have been awarded a $40 million federal Race to the Top grant. The money is aimed at improving academic achievement in high-poverty schools in the Seattle, Kent, Federal Way, Highline, Renton, Auburn and Tukwila districts.

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School Funding
7:55 am
Tue December 11, 2012

New Wash. Senate Majority Will Not Promise $1B More For Schools

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 3:51 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A big shake-up in the control of the Washington state senate could have major implications for how lawmakers address funding for schools next year. A coalition of Republicans and two breakaway Democrats announced Monday it has just enough votes to depose the current Democratic majority.

The chair of the Washington Democratic party calls it a “coup” and a “prescription for instability and division.” But former Republican turned Democrat Rodney Tom -- who will lead the new majority coalition -- says voters want governing from the middle.

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School District Embezzlement Case
3:33 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

33 New Charges For Former Seattle Schools Manager Silas Potter

Silas Potter and his attorney Seth Conant in King County Superior Court Friday.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

Former Seattle Public Schools manager Silas Potter faces 33 new felony theft charges for allegedly embezzling more than a quarter of a million dollars from the district.

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Obituary
7:43 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Former Seattle Schools Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson Reported Dead At 55

Maria Goodloe-Johnson
Credit Seattle Public Schools

A Seattle Public Schools spokeswoman says former Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson died Wednesday at age 55.

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Education
7:46 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Nate Silver Meets Recess: Crunching Data In Schools

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 7:17 am

SPOKANE, Wash. - The kind of finely tuned data crunching that fueled the 2012 election is spreading to another venue: the classroom. You might have heard that campaign analysts can predict who you're likely vote for based on the magazines you read and the car you drive. Now, researchers are finding ways to predict who's likely to drop out of high school based on, say, a third grade attendance record. Schools are hoping a computer program will help them reach kids before it's too late.

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History
9:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

More From Jon Meacham On Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson was a deeply political man who viciously fought for his beliefs, but he was also flawed. More than simply accepting slavery, Jefferson benefited from it in many ways — though, through the language of the Declaration, he may have set in motion its eventual disintegration. We hear more from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham ("Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power") about how this contradictory president wielded power and influence, and how he shaped America’s evolution.

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Teacher Evaluations
5:51 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Seattle Public Schools Releases Snapshot Of Teachers' Student Growth Ratings

This chart illustrates the distribution of teachers who received ratings in each category. The ratings will be used as part of teachers' evaluations.
Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools has released new aggregate student growth ratings that will be now used as part of some teachers' evaluations. The ratings reflect how students did on state and district tests from one year to the next and factor in students' poverty levels, learning disabilities and English language proficiencies.

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Education
7:41 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Seattle Releases First Teacher Ratings Based On Student Performance

Many teachers in Seattle Public Schools will learn today how they rank on a new scale based on student performance. They’ll be rated by how their students’ test scores changed from one year to the next. Teachers with high ratings may qualify for bonuses or promotions. Teachers with low ratings will get closer oversight.

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Education
5:58 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Charter School Countdown: What's Next

Nalini Prasanna Flickr

The charter school initiative appears to have passed. The first charter schools would likely open their doors in Washington next school year, at the earliest. Here's the countdown of what's next.

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State Budget
11:05 am
Tue November 13, 2012

State Representatives On Funding Public Education

How will the state fund basic education?
Flickr Photo/ccarlstead

In January the State Supreme Court ruled that Washington has not met its constitutional duty to fund K-12 education. Representatives Gary Alexander and Ross Hunter serve on the Ways and Means Committee, and they discuss what steps the House is taking to fund basic education.

Elections 2012
9:09 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Charter School Initiative Passes, Says AP

The charter school initiative has passed by a narrow margin, according to the Associated Press. The vote stands at 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent. That's a difference of about 44,000 votes. Statewide, 269,000 ballots remain to be counted. The No on 1240 campaign Facebook page says campaign managers won't consider the race over until every vote is counted.

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Seattle Public Schools
8:15 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Seattle Schools Will Ask Voters For $1.2 Billion

Seattle Public Schools will ask voters for property tax levies worth $1.2 billion in February. The school board unanimously approved renewals of the capital projects and operations levies Wednesday night. 

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