Achievement Gap http://www.kplu.org en New Seattle schools chief: We'll fight disparities with data http://www.kplu.org/post/new-seattle-schools-chief-well-fight-disparities-data <p>As students around Puget Sound begin a new school year, <a href="http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/pressreleases2012/WaSecuresESEA-Waiver.aspx">administrators are pushing hard to close disparities </a>in student achievement. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 01:17:37 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6197 at http://www.kplu.org New Seattle schools chief: We'll fight disparities with data Washington students make progress on math, science tests http://www.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://www.kplu.org Migrant students learn science in the farm fields and the classroom http://www.kplu.org/post/migrant-students-learn-science-farm-fields-and-classroom <p>At the core of Washington&rsquo;s agriculture industry is science &ndash; you can&rsquo;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&rsquo;t always think of it that way.</p><p>In fact, the children of that workforce tend to <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/99624191/Needs-Assessment-for-Voices-From-the-Field">struggle in math and science</a>. 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.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:40:05 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5548 at http://www.kplu.org Migrant students learn science in the farm fields and the classroom Achievement gap among Seattle black students http://www.kplu.org/post/achievement-gap-among-seattle-black-students <p>A new look at test scores by Seattle Public Schools shows American-born black students lag behind black immigrants in academic achievement.</p><p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 18:47:54 +0000 The Associated Press 3491 at http://www.kplu.org Tacoma tells adults: Give the kids an hour to catch up http://www.kplu.org/post/tacoma-tells-adults-give-kids-hour-catch <p>Thousands of students in Tacoma are behind in school, according to state tests that show they&rsquo;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.</p><p> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 15:00:00 +0000 Charla Bear 2796 at http://www.kplu.org Tacoma tells adults: Give the kids an hour to catch up Drive to sign up low-income kids for College Bound Scholarship http://www.kplu.org/post/drive-sign-low-income-kids-college-bound-scholarship <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-962790.mp3</p><p>A lot of low-income kids are <a href="http://www.ccedresults.org/media/college-bound-scholarship-campaign/">missing out on Washington&#39;s offer to pay their way through college</a>. In South King County, a new campaign is underway to change that.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 23:40:21 +0000 Charla Bear 1176 at http://www.kplu.org Drive to sign up low-income kids for College Bound Scholarship Teach for America coming to Seattle this fall http://www.kplu.org/post/teach-america-coming-seattle-fall <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-946387.mp3</p><p>Despite opposition from the local teachers' union and a lawsuit from parents and community groups, <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/education/2013969632_teachforamerica19m.html">Teach for America has announced it will return to public schools in the Seattle area in the 2011-12 academic year.</a></p><p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:54:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 553 at http://www.kplu.org Community group sues to keep Teach for America out of Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/community-group-sues-keep-teach-america-out-seattle <p>A group of Seattle parents and community members has filed a lawsuit to stop <a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/area/main/index.dxml">Seattle Public Schools</a> from bringing <a href="http://www.teachforamerica.org/">Teach for America</a> to the city.</p> Sat, 18 Dec 2010 00:12:04 +0000 Charla Bear 393 at http://www.kplu.org State needs more than a century to close achievement gap http://www.kplu.org/post/state-needs-more-century-close-achievement-gap <p>Washington is finally making progress on closing the achievement gap between different groups of students, but researchers say it’s not all good news.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.cep-dc.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=document_ext.showDocumentByID&amp;nodeID=1&amp;DocumentID=317">A new report</a> found that the gains mean some students will still lag behind for more than a century.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 16:02:47 +0000 Charla Bear 366 at http://www.kplu.org State needs more than a century to close achievement gap Seattle debating merits of Teach for America http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-debating-merits-teach-america <p>A full slate of public testimony is expected at tonight's&nbsp; <a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/area/board/agenda.htm">school board</a><a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/area/board/agenda.htm"> meeting</a> in Seattle.&nbsp; The board is voting on a controversial proposal to allow new recruits from a national organization called <a href="http://www.teachforamerica.org/what-we-do/our-approach/">Teach for America</a> into <a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/area/main/index.dxml">Seattle's public schools</a>.&nbsp; The program places top college grads – who don't have traditional teaching certificates - in underperforming schools.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 18:50:36 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 161 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle debating merits of Teach for America