necap en Pell calls on Chafee to sign NECAP moratorium, teacher evaluation measures <p>Clay Pell, one of three Democrats vying for his party’s nomination for governor, is urging Gov. Lincoln Chafee to sign into law three education-related measures approved by the General Assembly in the waning hours of the 2014 legislative session.</p><p>The first would place a moratorium on the use of high-stakes tests as a graduation requirement. The other would change teacher evaluations and the third would provide full funding for all-day kindergarten in Rhode Island communities.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:03:52 +0000 Scott MacKay 35708 at Providence Introduces New Waivers from Testing Requirement <p>Providence is granting a reprieve to some 200 high school seniors, who risk not graduating under a new state policy linking test scores to a high school diploma.</p><p></p><p>The rule, in effect for the first time this year, calls for students to score partially proficient or better on the NECAP test or improve significantly on a retake. Students can also use alternative tests or acceptance at a competitive college to earn their diploma.</p><p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 13:03:37 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 34277 at RI Board Of Education Tackles ACLU Petition <p>A public discussion over making test scores part of the high school graduation requirement will take place at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting.</p><p>It took a court order, but the Board of Education will hold a public vote on a petition over whether high school diplomas should be linked to test scores. &nbsp;</p><p>Some 4,000 students failed to pass the NECAP last fall, many of them from urban schools. ACLU director Steve Brown said what’s now known about who failed the test should be an influence.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 33331 at Testing the Test <p>In school districts across Rhode Island, some 9,000 students are about to get a taste of the test replacing NECAP next year. The students are participating in field testing for the test, known as PARCC, starting next week.</p><p>PARCC is slated to be used in 17 states. Rhode Island's Education Commissioner Deborah Gist says the field testing comes as designers refine the exam, and will give teachers, administrators and students a chance to prepare for next year.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:03:04 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 30632 at NECAP: How RI Measures Up <p>Rhode Island elementary students are still well behind their peers in New Hampshire when it comes to Mathematics.</p><p></p><p>The latest score report from the New England Common Assessment Program shows 59 percent of Rhode Island’s 3<sup>rd</sup>-8<sup>th</sup> graders were proficient in Math, compared to 70 percent in New Hampshire.</p><p></p><p>60 percent of Maine students scored proficient in Math and 62 percent in Vermont.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:00:47 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 29136 at More NECAP Scores to be Released <p>State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is releasing additional results from the standardized test known as NECAP. The report will include school-level data for all Rhode Island public schools, and comparisons to other New England states using NECAP.</p><p>At the end of February, the Rhode Island Department of Education released an abridged summary of NECAP results, revealing scores for seniors facing a new test-linked graduation requirement. The early release was intended to give schools and students time to prepare if they did not do well enough to earn a diploma.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:07:45 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 29076 at NECAP Results Show Nearly 2K Students Diploma At Risk <p>Roughly 20 percent of this year’s high school seniors will have to take the NECAP test a third time, or find another way to meet the state’s new test-linked diploma system. That according to the latest NECAP scores out of the Rhode Island Department of Education.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is calling this good news because it represents a significant drop in the number of seniors at risk of not graduating. “So this means in the current senior class, 1,370 students, improved their performance in mathematics or made partial proficiency,” said Gist.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:44:08 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 28473 at NECAP Results Show Nearly 2K Students Diploma At Risk NECAP Scores Show Improvement in High Schools <p>The latest NECAP scores show more high school students reaching proficiency in both reading and mathematics, although math scores continue to be lower than state officials might like.</p><p>The Rhode Island Department of Education says 36 percent of high school juniors scored proficient in math in 2013, up from just 27 percent in 2009. 81 percent scored proficient in reading, up from 73 percent in 2009.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:27:33 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 28461 at Education Commissioner Gist Delivers Upbeat State Of Education Address <p>Rhode Island’s Education Commissioner Deborah Gist emphasized the positive in her annual State of Education speech last night at the General Assembly. She said Rhode Island students are improving on national testing, and she said 73 percent of this year’s senior class has now scored high enough on the state standardized test to earn a diploma, after thousands of students had to re-take the test in October.</p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:52:40 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison & John Bender 28443 at Education Commissioner Gist Delivers Upbeat State Of Education Address RI Students Protest Linking NECAP Test Scores To High School Graduation <p>Rhode Island Education commissioner Deborah Gist delivers her annual State of Education address Thursday.&nbsp; Standardized test scores for thousands of RI students come out Friday, and some 4,000 high school seniors will find out whether they did well enough to graduate. This is the first year test scores are linked are required under a new sate policy, and some students are protesting.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:20:32 +0000 John Bender 28383 at RI Students Protest Linking NECAP Test Scores To High School Graduation