One-day survey shows 1,500 school bus passing violations

November 5, 2013

A one-day survey conducted nationally highlighted a disturbing fact — too many people pass stopped school buses.

The survey, coordinated by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation, asked public school districts in every state to have bus drivers record passing data for one day last spring. On May 1, Washington had 3,588 bus drivers in 110 districts participate, and they recorded 1,523 violations.

“Passing stopped school buses remains a serious problem,” Randy Dorn, Washington’s superintendent of public instruction, said in a press release. “Every violation represents a potential accident and potential injury to a student.”

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State adopts new science standards for schools

October 14, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 14, 2013

Washington has adopted a new set of standards aimed at providing consistent science education for students in all grade levels.

The adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards — which emphasize skills in engineering and technology — was announced Oct. 4 by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and Gov. Jay Inslee at a press conference at Cascade Middle School in Highline.

The standards spell out what students at each grade level should know in four domains: physical science; life science; earth and space science; and engineering, technology and science application.

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Washington’s graduating seniors outscore national average

August 22, 2013

NEW – 10:25 a.m. Aug. 22, 2013

Washington’s 12th-graders have again outscored the national average on the ACT exam in the 2012‒13 school year, according to numbers released by ACT Aug. 21.

Washington’s average composite score is 22.8, the nation’s seventh highest among states in which at least 20 percent of graduating seniors took the test.

A “composite score” consists of four content areas: English, reading, math and science. Scores are scaled from 1 (lowest) to 36 (highest). This year’s national average composite score is 20.9.

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Two positions are open for state Board of Education

August 6, 2013

In November, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn will conduct an election for Western Region Position 5 and Eastern Region Position 2 of the State Board of Education.

Candidates must be residents of the region they wish to represent.

According to the state Legislature website, the western region covers all counties including and west of Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, King, Pierce, Lewis and Skamania counties. The eastern region covers all counties including and east of Okanogan, Chelan, Kittitas, Yakima and Klickitat counties.

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