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Education
8:56 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Brown 250: Gordon Wood On The History Of Brown University

An illustration of Brown University's earliest days in Providence.
Credit Courtesy Brown University

Brown University is marking its 250th anniversary this month, and all week Rhode Island Public Radio is exploring the university's past and future in a series of conversations we're calling "Brown 250."

To kick off our series, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with historian Gordon Wood to go back to the Ivy League university's beginnings.

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Education
6:00 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Salve Regina Students' Alternative Spring Break: Civil Rights Tour

About 20 Salve Regina students will be doing something different on their spring break this year. They will be taking a civil rights bus tour to learn more about the movement. The tour bus will stop at key sites from the era and the students will interact with former participants. Salve Regina associate professor of religion and theology Dr. Anthony LoPresti said he hopes his students will recognize that racism still remains an issue in our society today.

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Education
10:29 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Explaining The Common Core Education Standards

2013 Common Core worksheet used in a Barrington elementary school.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island lawmakers are slated to consider a bill Wednesday that takes on one of the  most contentious issues in public education. The bill calls for a commission to study the Common Core Standards, a new set of national standards for K-12 classrooms.

Rhode Island teachers are already using the standards, and they will soon give students a new standardized test to go with them, but a growing number of critics charge the standards are stressing students out.

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Education
4:44 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

NECAP Results Show Nearly 2K Students Diploma At Risk

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist and Education Board Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso roll out the latest NECAP test score results in Providence on Friday.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

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.

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.

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Education
8:52 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Education Commissioner Gist Delivers Upbeat State Of Education Address

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist says there was a more than ten percent increase in math proficiency on the standardized test known as NECAP.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

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.

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Standardized Testing
9:20 am
Thu January 30, 2014

RI Students Protest Linking NECAP Test Scores To High School Graduation

Students with the Providence Student Union dressed as guinea pigs demonstrate at the Statehouse.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Rhode Island Education commissioner Deborah Gist delivers her annual State of Education address Thursday.  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.

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Standardized Testing
9:20 am
Wed January 29, 2014

With NECAP Testing Linked To Graduation, Thousands Of RI Students Anxiously Await Results

Providence high school senior Ruth Presendieu joins thousands of students across the state as they await the results of NECAP testing.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Thousands of high school students across Rhode Island learn this week whether they improved enough on a standardized test to earn a diploma. The state is releasing NECAP scores for all students, including 4,000 high school seniors who had to re-take the test. One of them, Providence Senior Ruth Presendieu stopped by our studio to talk about what it’s like to be a member of the first Rhode Island class whose graduation is linked to standardized testing.

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Education
4:42 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

URI Tapped For President Obama’s Latin American Initiative

The University of Rhode Island is one of four schools chosen to take part in President Obama's Latin American initiative.
Credit Courtesy: URI

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated the University of Rhode Island Friday for being selected to take part in a presidential initiative to send more students to Latin America. URI is one of four school selected for the project.

The goal of the presidential initiative is have 100,000 American students studying in Latin America and to bring 100,000 Latin American students to the United States.

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RI Higher Education
8:49 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Roger Williams University To Lower Law School Tuition

Roger Williams University
Credit Courtesy RWU

Roger Williams University is taking a step you don’t hear about very often. It’s lowering its law school tuition by eighteen percent.

Roger Williams University Law School, like many around the country, has seen a significant drop in applications.   Not only is the price of law school prohibitive,  but those who can afford it often find it difficult to land jobs once they pass the bar.

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Standardized Testing
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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