elementary schools http://ripr.org en 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 Despite Critics, Achievement First Charter School Up And Running http://ripr.org/post/despite-critics-achievement-first-charter-school-and-running <p>Achievement First is a brand new charter school in Providence that also operates schools in Connecticut and New York.&nbsp; Critics fought hard to keep it from opening in Rhode Island, arguing that among other problems, it would take money away from other public schools. But supporters and organizers from Achievement First say they are offering an alternative to public schools that are struggling. Rhode Island Public Radio's Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison took a tour of the Providence school.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:41:47 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 24315 at http://ripr.org Despite Critics, Achievement First Charter School Up And Running