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Fiery Protests in Portland following George Floyd rallly

Rallies to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody turned violent in Portland, Oregon, with fires lit downtown and at least one shot fired

Agencies Investigate COVID-19 Outbreaks at Two Townsend Farms Sites

OHA today named the business responsible for COVID-19 outbreaks at multiple locations

Oregon's Top Courts Begin Reversing Nonunanimous Convictions

These are the first of hundreds — and perhaps thousands — of cases that are being scrutinized

Washington Issues New Guidelines for Religious Services

Gov. Inslee announced Wednesday that churches, mosques and synagogues can resume in-person services, with those in counties in the second stage of the reopening plan. King County, which includes Seattle, is among the 15 counties still in Phase 1.

NEWS BRIEFS

Oregon Health Authority Investigating COVID-19 Increase at Unnamed Business

Oregon reports 71 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases today, no new deaths ...

Some Columbia River Gorge Trails, Parks Reopen Today

Crowded sites including most waterfall viewing areas, campgrounds, and visitor’s centers will stay closed because of the coronavirus...

Over 60 Percent of U.S. Households Have Responded to 2020 Census

Washington is one of the 6 states with the highest self-response rates and both Seattle and Portland are one of the top 8 cities with...

Federal Court Rules Florida Law That Undermined Voting Rights Restoration Is Unconstitutional

The law required people with past convictions to pay all outstanding legal fees, costs, fines, and restitution before regaining their...

The Latest: S.Carolina TV reporter injured at Floyd protest

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck (all times Eastern):___COLUMBIA, S.C. — A television news reporter in Columbia, South Carolina, has been injured by rocks thrown during...

Cities brace for increasing unrest, call in National Guard

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters set police cars ablaze, smashed businesses' windows and skirmished with baton-wielding officers in streets from Atlanta to Los Angeles, as anger over George Floyd’s death spread across the country. Authorities were bracing for more violence Saturday, with...

Kansas, Missouri renew Border War with 4-game football set

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas and Missouri are resuming their bitter Border War in football after the former Big 12 rivals agreed to a four-game series in which each school will play two home games beginning in September 2025.The fourth-longest rivalry in college football dates to 1891, but...

OPINION

A Letter to George Floyd: (Posthumous)

As Black mothers, so often we say, our Black boys across this nation belong to all of us. ...

Ballot Measure 26-210 is Needed Now

Though this measure was referred to the ballot by Metro, it was written by the HereTogether coalition ...

The Skanner News May Primary 2020 Endorsements

Read The Skanner News' midterm election endorsements for Oregon, Multnomah County, Portland, and ballot measures ...

A New Earth Day

Happy Earth Day. If we actually mean it, we will elect representatives who will force the military to clean up their pollution ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

`Death By Racism': Part of America's DNA from the start?

Imagine, for a moment, that you are a black man or woman living in America in 2020. How could you not believe that racism kills?If you are black, you need not imagine anything. You know it very well.You don’t need to see the video of George Floyd, a police officer’s knee on his neck...

The Latest: 80 arrested at George Floyd protest in Las Vegas

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck (all times Eastern):___LAS VEGAS — Police in Las Vegas say 80 protesters were arrested and 12 police officers injured during violence Friday...

Cities brace for increasing unrest, call in National Guard

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters set police cars ablaze, smashed businesses' windows and skirmished with baton-wielding officers in streets from Atlanta to Los Angeles, as anger over George Floyd’s death spread across the country. Authorities were bracing for more violence Saturday, with...

ENTERTAINMENT

Ricky Martin makes 'Pausa' to channel newly found anxiety

NEW YORK (AP) — The world paused and for the first time in his life Ricky Martin felt anxiety. From his home in Los Angeles, where he worked with his foundation to get protective gear and food to hospitals and people in Puerto Rico and beyond, he followed the pandemic news and tried to hide...

Minnesota governor apologizes for arrest of CNN crew

NEW YORK (AP) — Following the arrest of a CNN crew on live television by police on Friday, an apologetic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz promised that journalists would not be interfered with in reporting on violent protests following the death of George Floyd.CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and two...

Review: Pop star Gaga is back, but where’s the art or spark?

Lady Gaga, “Chromatica” (Interscope)In the 12 years since Lady Gaga dropped her first album, the singer has exceptionally shown that she knows how to create a killer album.“The Fame” was danceable and clever. “The Fame Monster” was an epic adventure into...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Fox News reporter attacked, chased from demonstration

NEW YORK (AP) — A Fox News reporter was pummeled and chased by protesters who had gathered outside the...

The Latest: 80 arrested at George Floyd protest in Las Vegas

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white...

Biden ally sees Klobuchar as less likely Biden running mate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar seems a less likely choice to become Joe Biden's running...

UK's Johnson, Trump, discuss potential of G-7 meeting

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the...

Congo militia leader arrested in 2017 murders of UN experts

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A Congolese militia leader accused of involvement in the murder of an American...

Kenya: Police kill 2 children, fetus trying to catch suspect

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Two children and and an unborn child were killed in a Kenyan police operation aimed...

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Sally Holland CNN

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) -- American students can conduct successful science experiments at school, but aren't able to explain the results, new results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress show.

Results released today reveal that America's fourth-, eighth-, and 12th-graders struggled when investigations had more variables to manipulate or required strategic decision-making while collecting data. Many weren't able to explain why certain results were correct.

It's the first time the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the Nation's Report Card, measured how students performed on hands-on and interactive computer tasks like a professional scientist might. While traditional standardized tests grade students on what they know, people in the workforce are measured on how they apply what they've learned in school. This analysis moves away from "paper and pencil" tests and should allow for a different type of analysis by education experts.

The testing involved more than 2,000 students from public and private schools in fourth, eighth and 12th grades during the 2009 school year. In one task, 12th grade students were asked to determine the best location to build a town based on the quality of the water supply. The results show 75% of students could perform tests on water samples and tabulate data, but only 11% could "provide a valid final recommendation by supporting their conclusions with details from the data," according to the report.

"It's tragic that our students are only grasping the basics and not doing the higher-level analysis and providing written explanations needed to succeed in higher education and compete in a global economy," NAEP chairman David Driscoll said in a statement.

The report, "Science in Action: Hands-On and Interactive Computer Tasks from the 2009 Science Assessment," found that female students scored higher than their male counterparts on the hands-on on tasks, but male students scored high on the more traditional "paper and pencil" tests. No gender gap was found for interactive computer tasks.

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