Gist to Weigh in on High Stakes Testing Freeze

Jun 26, 2014

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has promised to make time in her schedule to discuss new developments at the General Assembly, including a bill that orders a halt to standardized testing as a requirement for a high school diploma.

Gist has advocated in favor of keeping the testing policy, which she says is will ensure that students graduate ready for the challenges they may face after high school. But lawmakers voted to halt the use of exit exams until at least 2017, citing concerns about students with disabilities, among other issues.

A spokesman for Gist says he will review her schedule to find time for an interview. Gist does not plan to make herself available to the media until after Governor Lincoln Chafee takes action on the bill.