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
9:52 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Schools Cutting Music Programs? Juilliard Offers a Solution

One of the nation’s most selective conservatories for the performing arts is now offering online classes for elementary and secondary students. The initiative, dubbed “Juilliard eLearning,” includes hands-on music instruction and demonstrations from Juilliard faculty and students.

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Education
8:23 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Most Adults Fail the Mock NECAP Test

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NECAP, the standardized test that’s become a requirement for high school graduation in Rhode Island, may be harder than most people think. A majority of adults who took a portion of the math test last weekend failed to make the grade.

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The NECAP Test
3:19 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

RI Education Board Chair Calls Adult NECAP Testing a Publicity Stunt

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The results of a mock standardized test given to politicians and community leaders will be released Tuesday afternoon.  The math test was administered Saturday by a student group which opposes the test known as NECAP or the New England Common Assessment Program.

The chairwoman of the state Board of Education is blasting the adult test takers for participating in what she calls a “publicity stunt.”  Eva Marie Mancuso says if the adults had a hard time with it it’s because they weren’t prepared, as students are.

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Higher Education
3:26 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

URI: A Record-breaking Number of Applicants for Fall 2013

The University of Rhode Island says it’s seeing a record number of applications for the Fall 2013 semester.  University officials believe their marketing efforts are paying off.

Close to 21,000 students have applied for admission to URI for next fall.  Roughly 75 percent will be admitted so that the university has its desired freshman class of 3,100 even after students who have been admitted decide to go elsewhere.

URI Admissions Dean Cynthia Bonn believes the interest in attending URI is a direct result of their outreach efforts.

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Higher Education
8:56 am
Mon March 18, 2013

NEIT Gets Nod for Game Design

The New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) is one of the best places in the country to study video game design, according to the Princeton Review. The college and university ranking organization has placed NEIT at number 14 on its list of the top 15 undergraduate institutions for video game design.

The ranking puts NEIT in the company of schools like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which earned the number two slot, and the University of Southern California, ranked 5th. The top-ranked school for video gaming programs was the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

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Education
8:42 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Students to Have Adults Take Simulated NECAP Test

A group of Providence students is asking prominent Rhode Islanders to take the standardized test known as the NECAP this weekend, as they work to demonstrate why it should not be used as a graduation requirement.

"We hope to lend a deeper perspective to debate about the new high stakes testing graduation requirement," says 16-year-old Classical High School student Cauldierre McKay, a member of the Providence Student Union. The group has been pushing state officials to reconsider their policy on graduation requirements that go into effect for the class of 2014.

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Higher Education
9:26 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Brown Brings National Gun Debate to RI

Brown University kicks off a lecture series on gun violence today with a talk from Carl Bogus, professor of law at Roger Williams University Law School. Bogus will discuss efforts to reduce crime and the effects guns and gun crime have on communities.

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The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
7:03 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Silver Boom: College at 50 and Beyond

Teresa Mahony graduated from URI at 80.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

We continue our series on aging in Rhode Island with a look at the fastest growing student group at Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island: students 50 and older.

RIPR Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison takes us to the RIC campus to find out why these students are returning to college, and what challenges they face when they get there.

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The Education Blog
8:48 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Providence to Study Low-Income Language Gap

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Providence has won $5 million from the Bloomberg Philanthropies to count the number of words low-income children hear in a typical day. The project aims to address what many experts say is at the heart of the achievement gap: the fact that some children arrive in school with far richer vocabularies than others.

For the contest, Bloomberg asked cities to submit plans that would drive innovation in urban areas. Providence proposed giving children tracking devices to record the words they hear, and giving their parents advice on how to improve the children’s vocabularies.

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The Education Blog
9:12 am
Tue March 12, 2013

ACLU Questions Internet Filters

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has released a report deeply critical of internet filtering software used in many public schools, saying it is tantamount to censorship. The report found that software blocks a wide variety of web sites including the Smithsonian Institutes and sites with information about anti-government groups.

“The excessive use of Internet filters by schools has seriously infringed on the First Amendment rights of students and teachers on a daily basis,” said the report’s author, Hillary Davis, in a written statement.

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