high school graduation http://ripr.org en 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 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 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 Watering down NECAP diploma requirement http://ripr.org/post/watering-down-necap-diploma-requirement <p>One of the most contentious issues in education remains high-stakes testing. In Rhode Island most of the strum and drang revolves around the New England Common Assessment Program Test.</p><p>This year, for the first time, R.I. high school seniors will have to pass the NECAP test to get a diploma. But the Rhode Island Department of Education, with little fanfare, on January 3<sup>rd</sup> issued a waiver policy that has been slowly circulating among education wonks and professionals around the state.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:42:06 +0000 Scott MacKay 27516 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island's Graduation Rates Are On The Rise Despite Disparities http://ripr.org/post/rhode-islands-graduation-rates-are-rise-despite-disparities <p>Rhode Island Kids Count is out with an issue brief on the high school graduation rate in Rhode Island.&nbsp; The latest statistics show that while the four-year graduation rate is increasing, a gap remains between affluent students and their lower-income colleagues.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:57:35 +0000 Flo Jonic 25310 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island's Graduation Rates Are On The Rise Despite Disparities ACLU to File New Lawsuit over Standardized Testing http://ripr.org/post/aclu-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 http://ripr.org Union Applauds Freeze on Using Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations http://ripr.org/post/union-applauds-freeze-using-test-scores-teacher-evaluations <div style="margin:0;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt;">Rhode Island teachers are breathing a sigh of relief now that state Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has postponed the inclusion of test scores on teacher evaluations for a year. </span></font></span></font></span></div><div style="margin:0;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin:0;"><p>Student results on the New England Common Assessment Program were supposed to be folded in to teacher evaluations starting this school year. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:45:42 +0000 Flo Jonic 20689 at http://ripr.org Union Applauds Freeze on Using Test Scores in Teacher Evaluations Standardized Testing will Not be Part of Teacher Evaluations This Year http://ripr.org/post/standardized-testing-will-not-be-part-teacher-evaluations-year <p>The state Department of Education is postponing for one year the inclusion of NECAP test scores in a teacher’s evaluation. State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said there was not enough clarity on how the test was being used to assess teacher effectiveness.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:32:39 +0000 Flo Jonic 20631 at http://ripr.org Two-Day Board of Education Retreat Continues At Rhode Island College http://ripr.org/post/two-day-board-education-retreat-continues-rhode-island-college <p>The state Board of Education returns to Rhode Island College Monday for the second day of a two-day retreat.&nbsp; The meeting is aimed at educating board members about key topics that will be surfacing over the coming months. Initially they didn’t want to hold it in public.</p><p></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:26:05 +0000 Flo Jonic 20630 at http://ripr.org Two-Day Board of Education Retreat Continues At Rhode Island College Judge Rules Board Cannot Discuss NECAP Testing In Closed Retreat http://ripr.org/post/judge-rules-board-cannot-discuss-necap-testing-closed-retreat <p>A judge has ordered the Rhode Island Board of Education to open up a portion of what was supposed to be a retreat closed to the public.</p><p></p><p>The board had planned to hear about requiring NECAP test scores for graduation at a closed retreat later this month.</p><p></p><p>The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued saying the closed retreat violated the Open Meetings Act.</p><p></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:41:45 +0000 John Bender 19631 at http://ripr.org