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9:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Education Commissioner Gist Defends NECAP Waivers

Students take summer math courses to prepare for NECAP testing.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Last week, Rhode Island education officials told districts they would recommend waiving a controversial part of the state’s high school graduation requirements for students who get into college.

Those students will be allowed to receive their diplomas, even if they don’t get the minimum score required on the state standardized test known as NECAP.

The change has touched off another round of questions about whether Rhode Island should use standardized testing at all as a requirement for a high school diploma.

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Education
4:20 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

RISD President Maeda Leaving For Job In Silicon Valley

RISD President John Maeda is leaving the school after six years for a job in Silicon Valley.
Credit Aaron Reed / RIPR

Rhode Island School of Design president John Maeda announced Wednesday that he is leaving the school for a job in Silicon Valley.

In a released statement, Maeda said he’s leaving RISD to take a job as a design partner with the top-tier venture capital firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Maeda leaves campus at the end of this semester, starting his new job next month. Maeda calls the move quote, “an irresistible pathway to strengthen design’s place in the digital age.”

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Education
9:01 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Prescription Drug Abuse On The Rise On College Campuses Across The Country

University of Rhode Island psychology Professor Lisa Weyandt studies the effects of prescription drug abuse on college students.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

College students have long been known to experiment with drinking when they’re blowing off steam, and even use illegal drugs like marijuana.

But a growing number of college students are now turning to prescription drugs to get ahead academically.

The drugs, like Adderall, are used legally to treat conditions like Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, and they’re increasingly common on college campuses around the country.

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Education
10:47 am
Tue November 26, 2013

New Survey Of Rhode Island Students Released

635 Rhode Island students took part in the survey conducted last spring.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

A survey of Rhode Island students has turned up some interesting findings.

The survey of 635 students was conducted last spring by Young Voices, a student advocacy group.  They asked their peers what could be done to improve graduation and attendance rates.  Young Voices executive director Karen Feldman said two issues came up repeatedly: discipline and hands on learning opportunities.

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Education
8:49 am
Wed November 13, 2013

New Standards For RI Teacher's Colleges

Karen Castagno, head of the education school at Rhode Island College.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

As public schools focus on raising test scores and getting more students ready for college, there is new scrutiny on teachers and the schools that teach them.

Rhode Island’s the Board of Education is scheduled to vote tonight on new standards for teacher preparation programs.

Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Karen Castagno, head of the education school at Rhode Island College who explained some of the changes they are looking at.

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Education
8:56 am
Mon November 11, 2013

RI Veteran Transitions From Military To Student Life At URI

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On this Veterans Day we meet Donald Ruggieri.  He served five years in the Marine Corps, and was deployed to Iraq as an explosives dog handler.

He continued that work state-side, working with the secret service on missions for both President Bush and President Obama.

Ruggieri is not only a veteran, but also a student at URI where he is studying to become a veterinarian. 

Ruggieri spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter Elisabeth Harrison.

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Education
8:41 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Despite Critics, Achievement First Charter School Up And Running

Emily James teaches a first grade class at Providence's first Achievement First charter elementary school.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Achievement First is a brand new charter school in Providence that also operates schools in Connecticut and New York.  Critics fought hard to keep it from opening in Rhode Island, arguing that among other problems, it would take money away from other public schools. But supporters and organizers from Achievement First say they are offering an alternative to public schools that are struggling. Rhode Island Public Radio's Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison took a tour of the Providence school.

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Education
9:07 am
Mon November 4, 2013

University Of Rhode Island's New Winter Semester A Success

University of Rhode Island's Kingston campus.
Credit URI

The University of Rhode Island will be offering a mini semester during the January break to help students get caught up on course work.  The semester will run from January 2nd to January 17th. One-hundred and twenty five students signed up during the first two days of enrollment.

Mini semester director John Olerio said students in especially demanding majors find it hard to finish their course work in four years.

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Education
9:27 am
Thu October 17, 2013

New Study Highlights Skills And Education Gap In Rising Latino Workforce

Latinos are the fastest growing population group in Rhode Island, but they lack the skills and education needed to get ahead.  That’s the major finding of a new study published by the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University.

Latinos constitute about 13 percent of Rhode Island’s population, a number that is expected to grow over the next decade. But they are ill-equipped for the 21st century workforce according to Ana Cano Morales, director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University and author of a new report on Latinos in the Ocean State.

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Education
9:11 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Diane Ravitch On Standardized Tests, Charter Schools, And Teacher Evaluations In RI

NYU professor and education critic, Diane Ravitch speaking at URI.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

It’s October, and that means students across Rhode Island are filling in bubbles on standardized tests. The annual use of testing in math and English has become a controversial tool for rating schools, and making decisions about high school diplomas, and it will soon be part of teacher evaluations too. One researcher who started out supporting standardized testing now says its part of the problem in public schools. Diane Ravitch has become one of the strongest voices in the national debate and she spoke at the University of Rhode Island last night.

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