Board of Education http://ripr.org en Lawmakers Halt High Stakes Testing, Alter Teacher Evaluations http://ripr.org/post/lawmakers-halt-high-stakes-testing-alter-teacher-evaluations <p>In a move that seemed almost unthinkable before a change in leadership at the House of Representatives, Rhode Island lawmakers have suspended the use of standardized test scores as part of a high school diploma until at least 2017. Lawmakers have also approved legislation that limits the frequency of teacher evaluations for most teachers.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:14:11 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 35623 at http://ripr.org RI Board Of Education Tackles ACLU Petition http://ripr.org/post/ri-board-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 http://ripr.org Fung Wants To Split RI Board Of Education http://ripr.org/post/fung-wants-split-ri-board-education <p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung wants Rhode Island to go back to having separate state boards for K-through-12 and higher education.</p><p></p><p>Fung unveiled his education plan Thursday. He said he’d make the state education commissioner report directly to the governor, and eliminate a separate post for commissioner of higher education. Fung said he believes these structural changes will improve public education in Rhode Island.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:25:33 +0000 Ian Donnis 32621 at http://ripr.org Fung Wants To Split RI Board Of Education Opposition to the Common Core Grows in Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/opposition-common-core-grows-rhode-island </p><p><p>A trial run for the new standardized test known as the PARCC exam begins in Rhode Island next week. The test is slated to replace the annual NECAP in 2015, as public schools transition to a new set of standards called the Common Core.</p><p>A growing group of parents, teachers and others continue to raise questions about test and the Common Core. They are calling on Rhode Island lawmakers to stop the initiative in a movement that mirrors similar anti-Common Core efforts around the country.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:49:07 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 30813 at http://ripr.org Opposition to the Common Core Grows in Rhode Island Education Commissioner Gist Defends NECAP Waivers http://ripr.org/post/education-commissioner-gist-defends-necap-waivers <p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:00:15 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 27698 at http://ripr.org Education Commissioner Gist Defends NECAP Waivers Fewer Undocumented Students Take Advantage Of In State Tuition Policy Than Predicted http://ripr.org/post/fewer-undocumented-students-take-advantage-state-tuition-policy-predicted <p>Seventy four undocumented students have enrolled at the state’s public colleges and universities.</p><p>They’re taking advantage of a policy the state adopted in 2011.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The controversial policy allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at any of Rhode Island’s schools of higher education. The seventy-four students taking advantage of the policy is about half the number lawmakers predicted. Ana Cano-Morales is the head of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University. She offers several reasons for the lower-than-expected numbers.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:43:44 +0000 John Bender 26590 at http://ripr.org Fewer Undocumented Students Take Advantage Of In State Tuition Policy Than Predicted Political Roundtable: Gorbea on Voter ID, Education + Why She's Running for Secretary of State http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-gorbea-voter-id-education-why-shes-running-secretary-state <p>Democratic Secretary of State candidate Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her campaign; Rhode Island's Voter ID law, the move to create separate councils overseeing K-though-12 and higher education; and the lack of bidders for a study on the impact of not paying back investors in 38 Studios.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 26174 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Gorbea on Voter ID, Education + Why She's Running for Secretary of State Ed Board to Vote on Two-Council Plan http://ripr.org/post/ed-board-vote-two-council-plan <p>Rhode Island’s Board of Education votes Monday on a plan to split the board in to two separate councils. One council would focus on K-12 education, while the other would focus on higher education.</p><p>The plan comes after the state merged its separate boards of education, citing the need for better coordination of public schools and universities. Supporters said they were tired of hearing business and higher education leaders complain that graduates of Rhode Island high schools were unprepared for life after high school.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 14:08:26 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 25966 at http://ripr.org Board Approves New Standards for Teacher Preparation http://ripr.org/post/board-approves-new-standards-teacher-preparation <p>New standards for teacher programs will link quality measures to factors that include student test scores. The standards also raise the bar for admissions to teacher programs, calling for undergraduate applicants to have at least a 2.75 grade point average.</p><p>The new standards are part of an ongoing effort to improve teaching in Rhode Island's public schools. I asked Nancy Castagno from Rhode Island College to weigh in on the standards, and she said RIC and URI have both been working closely with state officials to craft the language of the standards.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:29:21 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 24806 at http://ripr.org Diane Ravitch On Standardized Tests, Charter Schools, And Teacher Evaluations In RI http://ripr.org/post/diane-ravitch-standardized-tests-charter-schools-and-teacher-evaluations-ri <div style="margin:0;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font face="Tahoma,sans-serif" size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt;">It&rsquo;s October, and that means </span></font><font color="red" face="Tahoma,sans-serif" size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt;">students across Rhode Island are filling in bubbles on standardized tests. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:11:57 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 23291 at http://ripr.org Diane Ravitch On Standardized Tests, Charter Schools, And Teacher Evaluations In RI