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Expand rape-kit testing

The experiences of other states show that it is beneficial to test all kits. Doing so has helped authorities nab serial rapists – some of whom claimed “consensual sex” – …


K-12 standardized testing rules could mean fewer exams for students

Aiming to reduce test-taking in America’s classrooms, the Obama administration released final rules Wednesday to help states and school districts take a new approach to the standardized tests students must …


Math a concern for U.S. teens; science, reading flat on test

American students have a math problem. The latest global snapshot of student performance for 15-year-olds shows declining math scores in the U.S. and stagnant performance in science and reading.


ACT scores show many grads not ready for college-level work

The latest scores from the ACT college entrance exam suggest many of this year’s high school graduates aren’t ready for college-level course work.


Ohio Turnpike may soon see self-driving testing

Ohio’s toll road, a heavily traveled connector between the East Coast and Chicago, is moving closer to allowing the testing of self-driving vehicles.


Math scores slip, reading flat for nation’s 12th-graders

It’s not a promising picture for the nation’s high school seniors – they are slipping in math, not making strides in reading and only about one-third are prepared for the …


Our Kids: Our Business speaker advocates less testing, more support for schoolchildren

Award-winning author and education advocate Jonathan Kozol will speak Wednesday in Spokane about the ways civic leaders can collaborate with public schools.


Juniors opt out of new assessment tests at high rate in Spokane area

Local students who opted out of Washington’s new assessment tests likely did so because of exam fatigue, not because of furor over Common Core standards, school officials say. Numbers released …


End-of-year tests add hurdles to education system

Tomie Tsosie Leeds made the honor roll again with a 3.5 grade-point average. Now if he can only graduate.


That’s Life: Testing takes toll on parents, students, teachers

Last week, when Spokane Public Schools teachers walked out of their classrooms to stand on street corners for one day, education was suddenly all over the news and social media. …


Washington teachers union opposes bill tying evaluations to test scores

OLYMPIA – Members of Washington’s largest teachers union gathered on the Capitol campus Monday to oppose a bill that would tie teacher evaluations – and, potentially, salaries – to student …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 24, 2014

Spokane pot use measurable by THC levels in wastewater, panel told

The most important numbers to Spokane city officials looking for accurate data about residents’ marijuana use may be one and two. “Nobody can lie about what’s showing up in the …


Shawn Vestal: Education fails when schools profit

Our mania for measurement in the schools – for testing, for databases, for assessment – has produced more arguments than answers. But we’ve gotten a very clear picture of one …


Washington students show test improvements

Washington students improved in all four areas measured on standardized tests last year, results released today by the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction show.


Math, reading gap among Native American students

Native American students at schools overseen by the federal Bureau of Indian Education performed significantly worse on national standardized tests in reading and math compared with those in public schools.


Scores slip with new Washington state test

For the third year in a row, more than 90 percent of high school seniors passed Washington’s reading and writing assessment tests required for graduation. Scores dropped slightly in writing …


Wash. high school test results will be in the mail

High school students who took the statewide achievement tests this spring will be receiving their scores sometime in the next week or so. These are the first results from the …


Students ready for new ISAT season

When thousands of Idaho students sit down at computers Monday to take the Idaho Standards Achievement Test, they’ll face a different test than many of them have been taking since …


City Fourth-Graders Flunk New Tests, Too Spokane’s Scores Slightly Below Poor State Average

Spokane fourth-graders who took the state’s new assessments scored about the same as kids across Washington - poorly. Only 21 percent met or exceeded standards in math, and fewer than …


Aids Vaccine Promising Chimpanzees Fight Off Virus For A Year In Clinical Trials

Chimpanzees inoculated with an experimental AIDS vaccine have successfully fought off repeated exposures to the AIDS virus up to a year after they were vaccinated, a research team reported Sunday. …


Fourth-Graders Writing Essays In New Test - Not Just (A) (B) Or (C)

As part of the state’s education-reform efforts, thousands of elementary students are being given a new kind of comprehensive test aimed at making them think more critically. Nearly 70,000 fourth-graders …


Spokane Teens Beat Average On Sat Scores Seniors Also Topped Their Numbers From Last Year

Spokane students topped state and national averages on the test that can help pave the way to college. Spokane School District 81 students taking the Scholastic Assessment Test beat the …


High School Seniors Improve Act Scores

Idaho’s high school seniors improved their scores, for the third year in a row, on the 1996 American College Test. They earned a state composite score of 21.3 compared to …


Scientists Support Breast Cancer Test

A powerful ultrasound can significantly reduce the number of American women who undergo surgery to tell if their breast lumps are cancerous or benign, government scientists said Monday. The scientific …


Four Spokane City Drivers Test Positive For Drug Use Federally Required Tests Can Lead To Treatment, Dismissal

Nearly one of 10 commercial drivers for the city of Spokane tested positive for drugs since random testing began three weeks ago. So far, 45 employees were tested and four …


Students Behind In Basics Test Shows Idaho Students Score Higher In Advanced Skills, But Lag In Rudimentary Areas

Basic academic skills in Idaho are still lagging behind other skills, according to results from the latest Iowa Test of Basic Skills. Though students statewide tended to score higher in …