standardized tests http://kplu.org en Can you turn around a struggling school without tearing it down? http://kplu.org/post/can-you-turn-around-struggling-school-without-tearing-it-down <p>School districts are often encouraged to make sweeping changes in order to lift up low-achieving schools. Shutting a school down and overhauling it or replacing most of the staff are among the solutions favored by <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/ost/index.html">federal officials </a>these days. But <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/another-tacoma-middle-school-joins-list-low-performers">one struggling school in Tacoma </a>is taking an opposite approach: they’re doubling down on the teachers they already have.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6277 at http://kplu.org Can you turn around a struggling school without tearing it down? Washington students make progress on math, science tests http://kplu.org/post/washington-students-make-progress-math-science-tests <p>Washington students have <a href="http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/PressReleases2012/StateTestResults.aspx">made some gains </a>on standardized test scores. <a href="http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/summary.aspx?groupLevel=District&amp;schoolId=1&amp;reportLevel=State&amp;orgLinkId=100&amp;yrs=&amp;year=2011-12">Math scores ticked up </a>in nearly every grade tested, according to the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Superintendent Randy Dorn says he’s encouraged by the steady improvement, and credits an intense focus on math and science.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:21:30 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6137 at http://kplu.org