standardized testing http://ripr.org en U.S. Education Secretary Duncan Praises Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/us-education-secretary-duncan-praises-rhode-island <p>Rhode Island, along with all other states, is being asked to submit new “teacher equity plans,” to the U.S. Department of Education. Originally created in 2006, these plans are designed to insure that poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates by inexperienced or unqualified teachers.</p><p>U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is praising Rhode Island for its work implementing its original plan.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:42:37 +0000 John Bender 37035 at http://ripr.org House Bill Takes Aim at Suspensions http://ripr.org/post/house-bill-takes-aim-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 http://ripr.org 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 Testing the Test http://ripr.org/post/testing-test <p>In school districts across Rhode Island, some 9,000 students are about to get a taste of the test replacing NECAP next year. The students are participating in field testing for the test, known as PARCC, starting next week.</p><p>PARCC is slated to be used in 17 states. Rhode Island's Education Commissioner Deborah Gist says the field testing comes as designers refine the exam, and will give teachers, administrators and students a chance to prepare for next year.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:03:04 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 30632 at http://ripr.org The New SAT http://ripr.org/post/new-sat <p>The College Board has announced <a href="https://www.collegeboard.org/delivering-opportunity/sat/redesign" target="_blank">changes to the SAT</a>, a test many high school students have suffered through on their way to college acceptance.</p><p>Critics of the test, and there are many, say it is an unreliable predictor of student performance in college, and some colleges, including Salve Regina University in Newport and Bryant University in Smithfield, have stopped requiring SAT scores from their applicants.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:14:37 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 30042 at http://ripr.org NECAP: How RI Measures Up http://ripr.org/post/necap-how-ri-measures <p>Rhode Island elementary students are still well behind their peers in New Hampshire when it comes to Mathematics.</p><p></p><p>The latest score report from the New England Common Assessment Program shows 59 percent of Rhode Island’s 3<sup>rd</sup>-8<sup>th</sup> graders were proficient in Math, compared to 70 percent in New Hampshire.</p><p></p><p>60 percent of Maine students scored proficient in Math and 62 percent in Vermont.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:00:47 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 29136 at http://ripr.org RI Lags on AP Testing http://ripr.org/post/ri-lags-ap-testing <p>More Rhode Island students are taking Advanced Placement tests, but they are not passing at the same rates as their peers around the country.</p><p></p><p>The College Board has just released its annual report on AP testing. The study shows that nearly 2,500 members of Rhode Island’s class of 2013 took an AP exam, up from roughly 1,000 in 2003. The number represents more than a quarter of all high school graduates.</p><p></p><p>But as the number of test takers has increased, the percentage of students passing the exams has fallen.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:58:33 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 28961 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island is Not Alone in Worrying About Public Education http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-not-alone-worrying-about-public-education <p>Concerns about public education in China are fueling an increasing interest in alternative schools like Waldorf education. The trend is profiled in a fascinating <em>New Yorker</em> <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/photobooth/2014/01/chengdu-waldorf-school-in-china.html#slide_ss_0=1">article</a> now on newsstands.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 13:54:51 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 28717 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 With NECAP Testing Linked To Graduation, Thousands Of RI Students Anxiously Await Results http://ripr.org/post/necap-testing-linked-graduation-thousands-ri-students-anxiously-await-results <p>Thousands of high school students across Rhode Island learn this week whether they improved enough on a standardized test to earn a diploma. The state is releasing NECAP scores for all students, including 4,000 high school seniors who had to re-take the test. One of them, Providence Senior Ruth Presendieu stopped by our studio to talk about what it’s like to be a member of the first Rhode Island class whose graduation is linked to standardized testing.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:20:50 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 28331 at http://ripr.org With NECAP Testing Linked To Graduation, Thousands Of RI Students Anxiously Await Results