Deborah Gist

The Education Blog
6:17 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Raimondo Mum On Gist Future

Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo has no immediate plans to hire a new commissioner for K-12 education.

Current Commissioner Deborah Gist has been controversial because of her support for testing as a requirement for high school graduation and teacher evaluations.

Raimondo says she’s in no hurry to make a decision about Gist.

"She’s doing a great job," Raimondo said last week. "Her contract’s not up until the end of June, so there’s really no urgency to move on that one in particular."

The Education Blog
5:38 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

RI Sees Drop in 8th Grade Science Scores

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

New test results show just 23 percent of Rhode Island 8th graders scored proficient or better in science,  a decline of seven percentage points from last year.

Some individual schools and districts also saw steep declines in their scores.

Education officials held off on releasing the results of the NECAP Science test while experts conducted an independent review of the test and the scoring. 

But in the end, Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said they found no evidence this year's test was more difficult than last year.

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Education
9:32 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Rhode Island Receives $2M To Expand Statewide Preschool Education

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist says Rhode Island is on the right track when it comes to promoting early childhood education.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island is getting $2.3 million to help expand the state’s public preschool programs.  There are already 17 up and running.

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The Education Blog
2:36 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

98 Percent Of Public School Teachers Receive Positive Ratings

In the second year of Rhode Island's new teacher evaluation system, 98 percent of teachers and 99 percent of public school administrators were rated effective or highly effective, the two highest categories.

More than 56 percent of teachers were ranked highly effective, the highest category, up from 47 percent in 2012-2013.

Just 2 percent of teachers were rated in the lower categories of developing or ineffective, meaning they need to make improvements.

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The Education Blog
9:07 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Board Allows Fees for Summer School

Public schools can charge tuition for summer school courses, under a decision from the State Board of Education

The board voted 7-2 last night to uphold a decision from State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, in a case that pits a relatively common practice in suburban schools against concerns about fairness for low-income students.

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