Students Not Prepared for Kindergarten

MEDFORD, Ore.– Students entering into kindergarten are not at the levels they should be. That is according to a recent assessment released by the Oregon Department of Education. Children are tested on letter names and sounds and easy math problems. The result varied across the state and across demographics. The Medford school district’s “soft start” … Continue reading »

More Students Falling to Homelessness

MEDFORD, Ore. — More and more Medford students are falling into homelessness. According to new data from the Oregon Department of Education, 1,200 Medford students are experiencing homelessness, a 21% increase from last year. In light of that, programs like Hearts With A Mission are upping the ante in serving those kids, which now account … Continue reading »

Oregon Schools Continue to Struggle

MEDFORD, Ore. – The US has reached an educational milestone with 80% of students nationwide now graduating high school. But Oregon continues to lag far behind. A recent report, compiled from 2012 Department of Education data, ranks Oregon second to last in the country with a 68% graduation rate. And Southern Oregon is even worse. … Continue reading »

Parents Learn About Special Education

MEDFORD, Ore. — According to the Oregon Department of Education, funding for pre-kindergarten special education has dropped by roughly half since 2004. Services have cut by as much as two-thirds for kids with autism. Parents came to the Medford Library on Friday to learn about the services available, and what they can do to promote … Continue reading »

Oregon Department of Education Report on Special Education

By Sharon Ko MEDFORD, Ore. — Several Southern Oregon school districts are surpassing state standards when it comes to special eduation. Every year, school districts across Oregon are required to submit information to the state about the schools’ special edicuation programs. The Oregon Department of Education then compares that data to state standards. The report is … Continue reading »