State House votes to end high-school science test requirement: Lawmakers in Washington’s House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would simplify testing requirements and temporarily eliminate a science exam that was required for graduation. As Education Lab reported previously, the state board of education told lawmakers last month that some 2,000 seniors will not graduate this year because they had not passed the science test. The bill must pass the Senate today or it will die when the special session ends.
Testing cuts into class time (Danny Westneat): Columnist Danny Westneat has counted his two children — who are in seventh and ninth grades — have taken a total of 72 standardized tests. The instructional time lost is far more significant than any teacher walk-outs, he writes.
Portland agrees to pay teachers $1.8 million for increased workloads (The Oregonian): High-school teachers in Portland will receive a total of $1.77 million for an increase in instructional time. The extra pay resulted from an arbitrator’s ruling on a grievance the teachers union filed last year.