Oregon Graduation Rates Increase

MEDFORD, Ore. – 72% of Oregon high school students are graduating on time. This information comes from a new statewide survey revealed today. That’s about a 3% increase from the year before. Graduation rates have increased, not only in affluent communities, but also in so called “at risk” communities. Experts say these gains are indicative … 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 »

Federal Timber Dollar Payments Expected

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday,  the US Forest Service announced it will soon release $67.8 million in payments to 18 Oregon counties under the Secure Rural Schools program. Oregon is expected to receive more than $107 million in timber payments, once the Interior Department releases its funding to counties in the coming weeks. A county-by-county … Continue reading »

New Grant Aims to Improve Learning

EAGLE POINT, Ore. — After receiving a grant from the state, the first collaborative meeting between school District 9 teachers and administrators wrapped up on Monday, all with the focus on making educators even more effective. A $30,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Education has brought five teachers, five administrators and others from the … Continue reading »

School Report Cards Released

MEDFORD, Ore. — The state has released its re-designed report cards for Oregon’s public schools and districts. The new report cards track focus on student performance and student growth. State officials say the goal of the new system is to reward schools that help all students improve, not just give good grades to those with … Continue reading »

Empty Chairs Symbolize Head Start Cuts

MEDFORD, Ore. — Students and teachers are feeling the effects of financial struggle in Head Start. Local Head Start supporters are making the impact of sequestration cuts on Medford kids more visual. 79 empty chairs sat on display to show the exact number of local children who will be left out and the people being … Continue reading »

Senate Approves Assistance for Schools

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s schools are getting some much needed assistance from the state. The senate approved a $6.75 billion budget for the 2013 to 2015 school years. Previous budget cuts caused overcrowded classes and teacher layoffs. Now, many schools are expected to bring back non educational activities like P.E., music and art. The bill … Continue reading »

“Common Core” Coming to Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — Local schools are piloting new tests as part of a major curriculum overhaul. It is part of the Common Core state standards, a national set of benchmarks intended to make kids more globally competitive. Oregon is one of 45 states to adopt the Common Core state standards. The series of performance benchmarks … Continue reading »

Officials Meet To Discuss School Needs

MEDFORD, Ore. — Legislators from across the region will be in Medford on Tuesday to hear from residents what the needs of local schools are. Josephine and Jackson County residents are invited to the North Medford High School Student Commons, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Superintendents from most of the two counties school districts … Continue reading »

Oregon Schools Failing ESL Students

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon schools are not getting passing grades when it comes to students who speak English as a second language. Districts have to meet 3 targets for them to show whether the 60,000 ESL students in Oregon are making adequate progress. Of the 197 school districts, only 19 got passing marks. 102 failed … Continue reading »