Fewer Oregon schools met state benchmarks on standardized tests last year, with students struggling on math, writing and science at every grade level.
Deputy superintendent Rob Saxton suggests a few possible explanations. For instance, students used to take the tests up to three times. Last year, students were limited to taking them once or twice.
The federal government has been allowing Oregon to judge schools on more than just the proportion of students hitting a fixed benchmark. How much students improve now plays a bigger role.
Read more at OPB.