graduation requirements en House Bill Takes Aim at Suspensions <p>Rhode Island’s House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare has scheduled testimony Wednesday on a bill seeking to reduce the use of “out of school” suspensions in public schools.</p><p></p><p>The bill would also require education officials to collect and analyze discipline data to determine how policies are affecting minority students.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:06:26 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 31411 at 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 Gist: More Students are Ready to Graduate <p>In her annual State of Education Address, Education Commissioner Deborah Gist revealed that 73 percent of this year’s senior class has met a new requirement tying test scores to a high school diploma. Just 60 percent of students had met the bar prior to re-taking the test in October.</p><p></p><p>“Lets not lose sight of the magnitude of what Rhode Island has accomplished,” Gist said. “More students today are ready to graduate, and they are much more ready to succeed beyond high school.”</p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:01:40 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 28444 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 Gist to Deliver State of Education Address <p>Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist plans to deliver her annual State of Education address Thursday at the Statehouse. The speech comes just hours before the state is slated to release the latest round of standardized test scores, which are due out Friday morning.</p><p></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:10:35 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 28382 at NECAP Scores Expected This Week <p>School districts are getting ready to notify students of their scores on the state’s standardized test, known as NECAP. The results will have a major impact on roughly 4,000 seniors, who need to improve their scores to earn a diploma.</p><p></p><p>Although the state has announced it will allow waivers for students who get into college, this is the first year that high school seniors are expected to use NECAP scores to earn a diploma. They also have to pass their classes and complete either a senior project or a portfolio demonstrating highlights from their high school career.</p><p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:57:33 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 28329 at Providence City Council Calls for Pause on High Stakes Testing <p>The Providence City Council wants to delay a testing requirement for high school seniors, taking effect for the first time this year. The council unanimously passed a resolution last week requesting the pause, citing new advice from education officials that would exempt students accepted at competitive colleges.</p><p></p><p>Providence City Councilman Sam Zurier says the exemption seems unfair to most Providence students, who are more likely go to community college or straight to work.</p><p></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:09:07 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 27940 at A Few Thoughts on the Latest NECAP Controversy <p>First of all, I go away for a family emergency, and what happens? News, that’s what!</p><p>The Department of Education announced at the end of last week that some high school students will no longer have to pass the standardized test known as the New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, to earn a high school diploma. The exception applies to students who get into colleges with non-open enrollment. &nbsp;</p><p>So, in other words, if you get into a competitive college, the test-based part of the state’s graduation requirement will be waived.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:43:39 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 27598 at ACLU to File New Lawsuit over Standardized Testing <p>The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union plans to announce yet another lawsuit in its ongoing battle over high-stakes testing.</p><p>Critics of a state policy tying high school diplomas to test scores point out that 4,000 seniors are at risk of not graduating, and they are overwhelmingly,&nbsp; minority and low-income students, along with students with disabilities. However, state officials have been standing firm, arguing that students have multiple opportunities to show improvement on the test and earn a diploma.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:55:01 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 21719 at At Start of New School Year, A Reprieve for Teachers <p>Rhode Island teachers can breathe a sigh of relief as they go about the usual business of preparing for a new school year. State officials have announced a delay in the use of student test scores in the teachers’ annual performance ratings.</p><p></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:24:02 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 20633 at