The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to hear testimony Wednesday on a bill that would ban test scores as a high school graduation requirement. A state policy requiring test scores has come under fire from critics, who say it is unfair to low income and minority students. But State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has been a strong supporter, arguing that it will ensure that no student graduates from a Rhode Island high school without basic knowledge of math and English.
The committee will also consider a bill delaying the implementation of a new standardized test known as the PARCC exam, which is slated to replace NECAP next year.
Similar bills have also been introduced in the House.
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