Education

Education
7:51 am
Thu January 31, 2013

To test, or not to test?

RIPR file photo.

State education officials are defending standardized testing as a graduation requirement starting with the class of 2014. Students opposing so-called "high stakes testing" staged a protest yesterday at the Statehouse.

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist responded by saying her goal is to make sure students finish high school with the right skills for college or a career. If the testing rule took effect this year, 44 percent of seniors would be at risk for not graduating.

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Education
9:06 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Career training program at risk

Job Corps campus in Exeter, RI.

Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin are asking the Federal Labor Department to reverse an enrollment freeze at Job Corps, a technical training and GED program with sites around the country, including Exeter, Rhode Island.

In a letter, a group of 17 senators say the freeze will have an adverse effect on thousands of young people.

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Education
9:05 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Harvard announces major NFL study

Photo by Ed Yourdin

Harvard University is partnering with the National Football League on a $100 million research project looking into serious health problems among NFL players. The initiative announced in today's Boston Globe will focus on 1,000 retired NFL players to better understand and potentially treat a wide range of physical ailments.

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Education
4:37 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Brown University sees its most diverse application pool

Brown University says it has received its third largest applicant pool in the school’s history.  Brown received close to 29,000 applications for 1,500 slots.

Admission offers will be made in late March.

The university says this is its most diverse pool ever with 38 percent of students identifying themselves as African American, Latino, Native American or Asian.

Sixty-eight percent of applicants are seeking financial aid, a number that has remained unchanged for the last three years.

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Education
9:21 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Battle over high stakes testing begins anew

A group calling itself the Providence Student Union will ask for an end to high stakes testing this week. Starting with the class of 2014, Rhode Island students will not be allowed to graduate unless they get a score of "partially procficent" on the standardized test known as the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP).

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Education
8:41 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Students ask state to reconsider high stakes testing

A coalition of students, teachers, parents and community leaders will come together Wednesday to ask Governor Lincoln Chafee to end high stakes testing.

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Education
9:47 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Class notes: school safety after Newtown

Assalt rifle photo by 82josh

  

Gist: Mandatory school safety plans unlikely

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Education
7:19 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Providence working to place qualified teachers

Providence Superintendent Susan Lusi
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Thursday we heard the story of a Providence high school teacher, who ended up teaching a physics class even though her expertise is in history. Providence school officials now say they have hired a physics teacher to takeover the class next week. I asked Providence Superintendent Susan Lusi to explain why the district allowed a history teacher to substitute in a high school physics class.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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Education
12:44 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Gist takes message to YouTube

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist speaks directly to teachers about a controversial new evaluation system. The video first appeared on YouTube earlier this month.

Education
10:51 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Providence teacher: students lack resources for success

Come Tuesday, January 29th, students at Alvarez High School in Providence will have a new physics teacher. You may remember the students went to The Providence Journal last month to complain that instead of having a physics teacher, a history teacher had been teaching their class.

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