Education

In the belly of the Burke Museum

Behind the scenes at Seattle's museum of natural history and culture, you become aware of the incredible knowledge infrastructure we've created in this state museum. Plus, it houses mummies, spiders, fossils, spears, and Bobo's head: everything a budding Indiana Jones could want.

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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Why good teaching won't help poor school districts win at standardized testing

Meredith Broussard writes, "This is because standardized tests are not based on general knowledge. As I learned in the course of my investigation, they are based on specific knowledge contained in specific sets of books: the textbooks created by the test makers." And poor districts, she says, can't afford those books.

THE ATLANTIC

Honeymoon period ahead: New super for Seattle schools

He's the fourth superintendent in four years for Seattle Public Schools.

PARENTMAP

Seattle Public Schools calls up former Marysville superintendent as interim

"Longtime area educator Larry Nyland will lead Seattle Public Schools for the next year while the School Board searches for a permanent superintendent."

SEATTLE TIMES

How a Renton school got its students into the math groove

From a low point, one of the elementary schools turned things around completely. 

SEATTLE TIMES

For Sale: Everest Colleges in Washington

Facing several state and federal investigations, Corinthian Colleges is selling 85 of its Everest Colleges throughout the country, including five colleges in Washington state. The US Education Department placed Corinthian Colleges under heightened financial monitoring last month, after the company failed to address concerns over false advertising practices.  

SEATTLE TIMES

Boot the FAFSA? Student aid revolutionizes

Two U.S. senators have drafted a bill that would put the Free Application for Federal Student Aid in the trash. The FAFSA would be replaced by a simpler two-question form, roughly the size of a postcard. Officials are also considering tapping into text messaging to remind students to fill out the forms. 

KUOW-FM

Federal and state agencies investigate for-profit WA colleges

"Nationwide, students at for-profit colleges make up 13 percent of college students, but they account for 31 percent of student loans and about half of loan defaults."

SEATTLE TIMES

Seattle students build life-saving iPhone case

A group called TiE Young Entrepreneurs Seattle helped mentor more than 30 high schoolers for the past eight months to develop a product, and learn about the joys (and struggles) that come with entrepreneurship. This year, the top team created an iPhone case that can signal emergency services when squeezed three times. 

GEEKWIRE

Study confirms that Washington teachers spend too much time on testing

An education study done by Central Washington University and released Tuesday finds that Washington State’s teachers spend too much time on testing.

HERALD (EVERETT)

State finds very few problems in Seattle Public Schools' finances

The relatively clean audit report is a marked contrast from the past.

SEATTLE TIMES
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