The Education Blog

The Education Blog is written by Elisabeth Harrison, Education Reporter and Morning Edition Host for Rhode Island Public Radio. Harrison’s work ranges from reporting on institutions like Brown University and the University of Rhode Island to efforts to reform low performing public schools in Central Falls and Providence.

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The Education Blog
8:57 am
Mon October 7, 2013

This Week in Education

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Standardized testing is underway in Rhode Island public schools, where students take the New England Common Assessment Program or NECAP every October. The tests of math and reading are administered to grades 3-8 and 11 between October 1st and the 23rd. This year some 4,000 12th graders are also taking the test and must improve their scores to meet the state’s controversial new test-based graduation requirement.

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The Education Blog
8:25 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Brown Endowment Returns Jump to 12.6 percent

Brown University’s endowment earned investment returns of roughly 12.6 percent in fiscal year 2013, up sharply from just 1 percent in 2012. The University says its total long term investment pool is now worth $2.86 billion.

The Education Blog
8:14 am
Mon September 30, 2013

STEM Program Gets a Boost from State

Dr. Robert Ballard, the oceanographer famous for discovering the wreckage of the Titanic, speaks at Pilgrim High School in Warwick Monday, where state officials are scheduled to announce a $500,000 grant to expand his JASON Learning program.

JASON is a nonprofit organization that teaches more than two million students every year about science, technology, engineering and math. The grant funding will expand its operation in 16 Rhode Island school districts.

The Education Blog
10:44 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Gist Schedules Skydiving Stunt to Promote Reading

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist plans to jump out of a plane on Saturday alongside a charter school teacher who answered her call to get students to read more books this summer.

The stunt is part of challenge Gist issued at the end of the last school year. She promised to go skydiving with any teacher whose students finished all of their summer reading goals.

The Education Blog
8:55 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Providence College Reschedules Same Sex Marriage Talk

Did we say the talk was cancelled? We should have said postponed.

That was the message from Providence College Provost Hugh Lena, who sent an email to the college community on Wednesday. The note says the college is working to reschedule same-sex marriage supporter John Corvino of Wayne State University, who has agreed to appear alongside same-sex marriage opponent Sherif Girgis, a doctoral student and law student from Princeton.

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The Education Blog
8:25 am
Tue September 24, 2013

NECAP Science Results: A Breakdown

Scores are out from the latest round of standardized testing in science, and the news isn't too encouraging. Overall, Rhode Island students dipped slightly with just 34 percent reaching the "proficient" level.

The test, administered in May to 4th, 8th and 11th graders, shows gains at only the 8th grade level. State officials are quick to point out there have been significant increases since they first began testing in 2008, when just 24 percent of students scored proficient in science.

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Education
9:42 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

The State of Education in Rhode Island

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The State of Education in Rhode Island. A panel discussion moderated by Morning Edition host and education reporter Elisabeth Harrison. Panel includes Rhode Island public education leaders Deborah Gist and Eva-Marie Mancuso; David M. Dooley - President, University of Rhode Island; Nancy Carriuolo - President, Rhode Island College; and RIPR's Scott McKay.

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The Education Blog
8:55 am
Mon September 16, 2013

ACLU to File New Lawsuit over Standardized Testing

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union plans to announce yet another lawsuit in its ongoing battle over high-stakes testing.

Critics of a state policy tying high school diplomas to test scores point out that 4,000 seniors are at risk of not graduating, and they are overwhelmingly,  minority and low-income students, along with students with disabilities. However, state officials have been standing firm, arguing that students have multiple opportunities to show improvement on the test and earn a diploma.

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The Education Blog
9:04 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Computer Teacher named 2014 RI Teacher of the Year

Patricia Page of East Greenwich is the new "Teacher of the Year" in Rhode Island. Page, who left a career in business to become a teacher, teaches computer and business classes at East Greenwich High School.

Governor Lincoln Chafee praised Page for breaking down the wall between schools and the business world. State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said Page has introduced innovative lessons such as an "elevator speech," which requires students to make a quick pitch for a business idea.

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The Education Blog
8:49 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Roger Williams Holds the Line on Tuition

Roger Williams University is freezing tuition rates for a third year in a row. RIPR's Flo Jonic spoke with Roger Williams President Donald Farish about the decision. Here's her report:

Roger Williams University Holding Onto Tuition Freeze 

Roger Williams University said it’s holding the line on tuition costs.  Tuition will remain just below 30-thousand dollars for the third year in a row.

And University president Donald Farish said he will keep it frozen as long as possible.

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