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.
Rhode Island is one of 26 states that have promised to consider new science guidelines known as the Next Generation Science Standards. The standards were developed by the same organization that created the Common Core, a group of national standards many states including Rhode Island are now adopting for Math and English.
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee is coming under fire for not releasing a report on Medicaid and food stamps fraud. The pension settlement reached between Providence and its workers and retirees has been approved. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.
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Wakefield math teacher Brian Nelson and Warwick science teacher David Mather are this year’s local recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. They join 95 other teachers from around the country who were chosen for the awards.
Winners will be honored at a White House ceremony later this month and receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation, which they can spend however they want.
A panel of scientists, mathematicians, and educators chose the winners after a selection process at the state level.