Education Commissioner Gist Defends NECAP Waivers

Jan 15, 2014

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.

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.

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.

Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison spoke with the state’s Education Commissioner Deborah Gist to find out why she made the recommendation.

Students take summer math courses to prepare for NECAP testing.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR