Deborah Gist

Education
7:51 am
Thu January 31, 2013

To test, or not to test?

RIPR file photo.

State education officials are defending standardized testing as a graduation requirement starting with the class of 2014. Students opposing so-called "high stakes testing" staged a protest yesterday at the Statehouse.

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist responded by saying her goal is to make sure students finish high school with the right skills for college or a career. If the testing rule took effect this year, 44 percent of seniors would be at risk for not graduating.

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Education
9:21 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Battle over high stakes testing begins anew

A group calling itself the Providence Student Union will ask for an end to high stakes testing this week. Starting with the class of 2014, Rhode Island students will not be allowed to graduate unless they get a score of "partially procficent" on the standardized test known as the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP).

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Education
9:47 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Class notes: school safety after Newtown

Assalt rifle photo by 82josh

  

Gist: Mandatory school safety plans unlikely

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Education
12:44 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Gist takes message to YouTube

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist speaks directly to teachers about a controversial new evaluation system. The video first appeared on YouTube earlier this month.

Education
8:48 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Senate committee to review school safety

School safety procedures dominate the agenda today at the State Senate Education Committee. Lawmakers say the discussion will feature State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, State Police Superintendent Col. Steven O'Donnell and officials from the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.

The oversight hearing follows the shooting last month at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school that left 26 students and teachers dead.

Connecticut’s legislature is also slated to review school safety standards in the wake of the tragedy.

Education
7:21 am
Tue January 22, 2013

State officials to review school safety

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The Rhode Island State Senate is holding a hearing Tuesday afternoon on School Safety in the state.    In attendance will be state public safety and emergency preparedness officials along with Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.

This hearing follows the fatal shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown Connecticut last month.  26 students and staff were killed at the school.  In addition the gunman killed his mother and himself.

The Education Blog
1:34 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Gist: New board won’t change agenda

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist says her plan for improving Rhode Island’s public schools will not change, even if she is reporting to a new board of education.

The leadership change is part of the state budget that won approval last night from Senate lawmakers. It has already gotten a green light from the House of Representatives.

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The Education Blog
2:55 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Gist heads to Central Falls

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist holds a public meeting tonight in Central Falls. She’ll take questions from the community while seated alongside a panel of local school leaders.

Numerous concerns have emerged about the tiny school district in the wake of the Central Falls bankruptcy. The school department has agreed to merge some services with the city including finance, human resources and sports.

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