Deborah Gist

The Education Blog
9:23 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Teachers to Sound Off on Education Policy

Rhode Island’s two teachers’ unions are holding a forum for teachers to discuss their dissatisfaction with new policies in the state’s public schools.

Teachers have complained about the pace of changes under State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, and they are particularly concerned about new annual teacher evaluations, which include test scores as one measure of teacher effectiveness. The teachers have asked the state to slow down implementation of the evaluations, saying they are time consuming and need adjustment.

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The Education Blog
9:44 am
Fri May 17, 2013

As RI Rolls Out Common Core, Are New Science Standards Next?

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.

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The Education Blog
9:50 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Business Supports Gist

Business leaders are coming out in support of Deborah Gist, the state’s controversial education commissioner. The Providence Journal reports that two dozen business organizations have asked the State Board of Education to renew Gist’s contract, which is currently under review.

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The Education Blog
11:17 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Controversy Follows Gist to the Statehouse

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist urged lawmakers to pass a series of bills aimed at improving school safety in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting during her State of Education speech on Tuesday. She also urged passage of the governor’s budget which increases funding for public schools, colleges and universities.

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Education
8:46 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Contract Extension Likely For Ed. Commissioner Gist

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist would like to stay in Rhode Island, according to her spokeperson.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison/RIPR

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is working out terms for an extension of her contract. The controversial Gist is expected to remain at the helm of the state Department of Education.

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist led the team that brought Rhode Island a $75 million federal Race to the Top grant. But she’s also been criticized for shepherding in an era of tough teacher evaluations and high stakes testing as a graduation requirement.

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RI News
1:13 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Gist Back in the Classroom

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist visits Carl G. Lauro Elementary School in Providence
Credit Natalie Jablonski

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist got a chance to use her teaching skills this week.  She taught a mini economics lesson to a kindergarten class.

Twenty kindergartners quietly fidget as Commissioner Gist introduces herself.  Her lesson focuses on basic concepts like earning and saving, and how to recognize coins. 

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Education
8:23 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Most Adults Fail the Mock NECAP Test

School bus
Credit courtesy First Student Company

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 Education Blog
9:06 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Class Notes: A Quick Look at the Stories that Made News This Week in Education

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Gist on NECAP results

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Education
7:42 am
Mon February 18, 2013

RI highest in reading scores for 11th graders in New England

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island has released test scores that show 73 percent of public school students are proficient in reading and just 57 percent are proficient in Math. The numbers were relatively flat compared to previous years, so for more analysis we turned to State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist. She spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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Education
8:46 am
Thu February 7, 2013

NECAP scores expected Friday

State education officials plan to announce results from the latest round of state-wide standardized testing, unless a blizzard gets in the way. The Department of Education says Governor Lincoln Chafee and Education Commissioner Deborah Gist will release the numbers at the statehouse on Friday morning.

If the weather cooperates, we will soon know just how many high school juniors are at risk for not graduating, under a new state rule that requires a score of two or better on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) exam.

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