The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union plans to announce details of a lawsuit Wednesday over the state’s high school graduation policy. The suit stems from a new requirement that students show partial proficiency on standardized state testing to qualify for a diploma.
The ACLU and other groups have asked state officials to reconsider the policy, arguing that it overwhelmingly impacts minority and low income students. Statewide, roughly 4,000 students failed to meet the testing bar during their junior year.
Students have two opportunities to retake the test, and they will be allowed to graduate if they show enough improvement. State officials have defended the test-based graduation policy saying schools must do a better job of preparing students for college and the workplace.