square-foot facility with a focus on collaborative learning spaces, including a five-story
glass atrium in the middle of it all. The
new construction project is a reflection of
the high levels of growth the university has
experienced in recent years.
Also in the city proper is the University of
Portland, a private institution located in
north Portland that was founded in 1901.
The school has just over 4,000 students
and sits on a beautiful 150-acre campus
near the historic St. Johns neighborhood.
The University of Portland currently offers
more than 40 undergraduate programs and
30 minors, as well as 18 graduate programs,
and more than 1,300 courses.
Portland Community College is another
respected postsecondary option in the region,
with four campuses located in Portland, Rock
Creek and Tigard. It currently enrolls nearly
78,000 students and has become a great option
for those looking to either earn an associate’s
degree in more than 100 different programs
or get off to a strong start before transferring
to a four-year college or university. Mt. Hood
Community College in Gresham is another
popular two-year school, offering both asso-
ciate’s degrees and credits that are easily
transferrable to other institutions.
The University of Oregon and Oregon
State University are located in Eugene and
Corvallis, respectively—both about an hour
and half drive from downtown Portland
(without traffic). UO offers a number of
courses at its satellite office in downtown
Portland, including master’s degree programs
in journalism, sports product management,
strategic communication, architecture and
business administration. OSU’s Portland
Center, also downtown, features College of
Business classrooms, an alumni center, public
relations office and an open source lab.
A WIDE RANGE OF OPTIONS
When it comes to receiving a quality education in the Portland area, there is certainly
no shortage of options for children, families
and young adults—along with those who
are looking to continue their education or
professional development later in life. The
city has great public and private K- 12 schools
and alternative education options, as well as
numerous vocational, two-year and four-year
postsecondary opportunities. If you’re ready
to learn, Portland is a great place to be. l
Washington’s Essential Academic
To ensure that all Washington public school students, no matter
where they go to school, receive a quality education, statewide
testing is performed by Washington’s Office of Superintendent
of Public Instruction (OSPI). OSPI develops or selects and
administers all state assessments.
One requirement of the Elementary and Secondary Education
Act is that states have their assessment programs approved
for technical quality by the U.S. Department of Education.
Washington’s assessment program has received a “Fully
Approved” rating through this process. As required by state
law, OSPI develops the state’s learning standards and oversees
the assessment of the learning standards for state and federal
accountability purposes. Washington’s learning standards are
called Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs),
which define what all students should know and be able to do
at each grade level.
Four learning goals provide the foundation for the development
of all academic learning standards in Washington State:
• Read with comprehension, write effectively, and communi-
cate successfully in a variety of ways and settings and with
a variety of audiences;
• Know and apply the core concepts and principles of
mathematics; social, physical, and life sciences; civics and
history, including different cultures and participation in
representative government; geography; arts; and health
• Think analytically, logically, and creatively, and to integrate
technology literacy and fluency as well as different
experiences and knowledge to form reasoned judgments
and solve problems; and
• Understand the importance of work and finance and how
performance, effort, and decisions directly affect future
career and educational opportunities.
To learn more about state testing, visit www.WAtesting.com.
U.S News & World Report has named
Portland State University one of the
Nation’s “Top 10 Most Innovative