Students ask state to reconsider high stakes testing

Jan 28, 2013

A coalition of students, teachers, parents and community leaders will come together Wednesday to ask Governor Lincoln Chafee to end high stakes testing.

The initiative is led by the Providence Student Union whose spokesman is Hope High School junior Brian Varela.
"Using NECAP as a benchmark test is good. I see no harm in that. But using it as a high stakes test to see if a student can graduate .. that’s not good. That’s hurting the student. ... Instead of supporting the students it’s literally taking teaching time away from it and making them not able to think. All they have on their mind is a test that they have to pass if they want to graduate."

NECAP – the New England Common Assessment Program – becomes a requirement for a high school diploma starting with Rhode Island’s class of 2014

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