Deborah Gist http://ripr.org en Senate Committee Hears Testimony On Bill That Could Eliminate High Stakes Testing http://ripr.org/post/senate-committee-hears-testimony-bill-could-eliminate-high-stakes-testing <p>The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to hear testimony Wednesday on a bill that would ban test scores as a high school graduation requirement. A state policy requiring test scores has come under fire from critics, who say it is unfair to low income and minority students. But State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has been a strong supporter, arguing that it will ensure that no student graduates from a Rhode Island high school without basic knowledge of math and English.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:51:41 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 31061 at http://ripr.org Senate Committee Hears Testimony On Bill That Could Eliminate High Stakes Testing 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 Explaining The Common Core Education Standards http://ripr.org/post/explaining-common-core-education-standards <p>Rhode Island lawmakers are slated to consider a bill Wednesday that takes on one of the&nbsp; 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.</p><p>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.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:29:35 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 29681 at http://ripr.org Explaining The Common Core Education Standards Hearing Slated for Opponents of Common Core http://ripr.org/post/hearing-slated-opponents-common-core <p>State lawmakers are scheduled to consider a bill that could have major consequences for classrooms across the state.</p><p>The bill, sponsored by East Providence Representative Gregg Amore, would halt the adoption of new standardized testing, known as PARCC, which is linked to the Common Core, a new set of national standards for public schools. The bill is scheduled for a committee hearing on Wednesday.</p><p>Rhode Island has begun adopting the standards, although opponents charge they are untested and require further study.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:42:16 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 29569 at http://ripr.org More NECAP Scores to be Released http://ripr.org/post/more-necap-scores-be-released <p>State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is releasing additional results from the standardized test known as NECAP. The report will include school-level data for all Rhode Island public schools, and comparisons to other New England states using NECAP.</p><p>At the end of February, the Rhode Island Department of Education released an abridged summary of NECAP results, revealing scores for seniors facing a new test-linked graduation requirement. The early release was intended to give schools and students time to prepare if they did not do well enough to earn a diploma.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:07:45 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 29076 at http://ripr.org NECAP Scores Show Improvement in High Schools http://ripr.org/post/necap-scores-show-improvement-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 http://ripr.org Gist: More Students are Ready to Graduate http://ripr.org/post/gist-more-students-are-ready-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 http://ripr.org Education Commissioner Gist Delivers Upbeat State Of Education Address http://ripr.org/post/education-commissioner-gist-delivers-upbeat-state-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 http://ripr.org Education Commissioner Gist Delivers Upbeat State Of Education Address Gist to Deliver State of Education Address http://ripr.org/post/gist-deliver-state-education-address-0 <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 http://ripr.org 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