R.I. state Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has confirmed that she is a finalist for the Superintendent of Schools post in her home city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gist's statement came after the Tulsa World newspaper reported that she is a finalist for the post.
The State Council on Elementary and Secondary Education is expected to vote tonight on new rules for high school graduation.
The proposal would finalize a delay in the use of of standardized test scores for a diploma until 2020.
Test scores were supposed to become a requirement last year, but state lawmakers voted to pause the rule until 2017 after an outcry from some students, teachers and community groups. State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist then proposed extending the delay until 2020.
December has come and gone, along with the deadline for the State Board of Education to give notice of its intent to renew the contract for Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.
The current contract, which expires in June, contains a six-month notification requirement if the board plans to renew. State Department of Education Spokesman Elliot Krieger says the state can still retain Gist, if the board chooses to negotiate a new contract.
In the second year of Rhode Island's new teacher evaluation system, 98 percent of teachers and 99 percent of public school administrators were rated effective or highly effective, the two highest categories.
More than 56 percent of teachers were ranked highly effective, the highest category, up from 47 percent in 2012-2013.
Just 2 percent of teachers were rated in the lower categories of developing or ineffective, meaning they need to make improvements.