Achievement Gap

Education
6:17 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

New Seattle schools chief: We'll fight disparities with data

Superintendent Jose Banda says deep data will help close the achievement gaps.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

As students around Puget Sound begin a new school year, administrators are pushing hard to close disparities in student achievement.

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Education
4:21 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Washington students make progress on math, science tests

Washington students have made some gains on standardized test scores. Math scores ticked up 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.

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Education
8:40 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Migrant students learn science in the farm fields and the classroom

The children of migrant workers learn about the science of agriculture at the camp, "Voices from the Field."
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

At the core of Washington’s agriculture industry is science – you can’t grow a potato or cherry without knowing about soil chemistry, hydrology and photosynthesis. But the people who get their hands dirty in the business of growing and picking don’t always think of it that way.

In fact, the children of that workforce tend to struggle in math and science. Just one in four children of migrant workers meets state science standards in eighth grade, far below the population as a whole. The gap in math is nearly as wide.

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Education
10:47 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Achievement gap among Seattle black students

A new look at test scores by Seattle Public Schools shows American-born black students lag behind black immigrants in academic achievement.

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K-12 Education
8:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Tacoma tells adults: Give the kids an hour to catch up

Tacoma city leaders want more adults to volunteer an hour a week at programs such as the Trinity Afterschool Program, a literacy center for 1st and 2nd grade students.
Trinity Presbyterian Church

Thousands of students in Tacoma are behind in school, according to state tests that show they’re not meeting grade-level expectations. City leaders say if adults in the community pitch in just one hour a week, it could help these kids catch up.

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Education
4:40 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Drive to sign up low-income kids for College Bound Scholarship

Renton High School students working on a recent edition of the student newspaper Arrow. A push is underway to sign up students in Renton and other South King County districts for the College Bound Scholarship
Gary Davis KPLU

A lot of low-income kids are missing out on Washington's offer to pay their way through college. In South King County, a new campaign is underway to change that. 

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K-12 Education
4:54 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Teach for America coming to Seattle this fall

Despite opposition from the local teachers' union and a lawsuit from parents and community groups, Teach for America has announced it will return to public schools in the Seattle area in the 2011-12 academic year.

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K-12 Education
4:12 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

Community group sues to keep Teach for America out of Seattle

A group of Seattle parents and community members has filed a lawsuit to stop Seattle Public Schools from bringing Teach for America to the city.

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K-12 Education
8:02 am
Wed December 15, 2010

State needs more than a century to close achievement gap

A student gets help with his schoolwork in a Seattle program for at-risk youth
Seattle Office for Education

Washington is finally making progress on closing the achievement gap between different groups of students, but researchers say it’s not all good news.  A new report found that the gains mean some students will still lag behind for more than a century. 

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Education Reform
10:50 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Seattle debating merits of Teach for America

A Teach for America trainee in a Florida classroom in 2008. Seattle Schools are voting on a proposal to allow TFA corps members in their classrooms.
AP

A full slate of public testimony is expected at tonight's  school board meeting in Seattle.  The board is voting on a controversial proposal to allow new recruits from a national organization called Teach for America into Seattle's public schools.  The program places top college grads – who don't have traditional teaching certificates - in underperforming schools. 

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