The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is slated to vote today on new rules for obtaining teacher credentials in Rhode Island.
The proposal sets minimum test score requirements and selects which tests will be used for teacher certification in several subject areas. During the public hearing process, some concerns were raised about score requirements and the tests themselves. More details on the comments plus responses from state education officials are available here.
The board will also be discussing and possibly voting on renewing the charter for the New England Laborer’s Career and Construction Academy Charter School in Cranston. Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has recommended giving the school a three year renewal rather than a full five years.
Objections to renewing the school’s charter include poor academic performance and a state review that showed problems in leadership and organization at the school.
State officials are suggesting that the board give the charter school three years to improve, noting that there is a new head of school and the state has set specific conditions for this and future charter renewals that address the problems found by the audit.