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The Education Blog
10:15 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Bristol-Warren Reports Problem With PARCC; Says Issues Have Been Resolved

Mt. Hope High School delayed the start of PARCC testing until Tuesday.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

High School students in the Bristol-Warren Regional School District were unable to begin PARCC testing as scheduled on Monday. The district says a technical problem led them to delay testing by one day.

A spokeswoman from the superintendent's office said she was unaware of the specifics of the problem, but described it as a technical glitch. She said the district had scheduled an extra day for testing, just in case such a problem arose.

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The Education Blog
9:26 am
Tue March 17, 2015

More Districts Report PARCC Opt Outs

In the absence of opt-out numbers from the state, I'm keeping an unofficial tally. Here's what district leaders have reported so far.

Portsmouth: 4-5 percent going into testing; may be slightly higher or lower when they tally the final participation rates after testing window closes.

Cumberland: 4 percent (or slightly less).

Middletown: 12 refusals.

Bristol-Warren: 50 opt outs, just under 2.5 percent.

Providence: Scattered opt outs, specific numbers expected later this week.

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The Education Blog
5:45 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

State Reports No Major Glitches On First Day Of PARCC Testing

Credit Taylor.a

State officials say the first day of PARCC testing passed with no major problems, although some students have refused to take the test. 

As of 3:30 Monday afternoon, a total of 18,910 tests had been started in Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Department of Education reported isolated glitches, but no school-wide or class-wide problems with the new computerized exam, which is replacing NECAP as the state's annual standardized test of Math and English. 

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The Education Blog
10:48 am
Mon March 16, 2015

New Standardized PARCC Testing Begins For Many RI Public Schools

Most Rhode Island public schools begin PARCC standardized testing this week.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

PARCC testing begins Monday for thousands of Rhode Island students, who are taking the test on computers.

Critics say the test fails to accommodate students who need extra time and students with learning disabilities. But Education officials say students will have ample time to complete PARCC, whether they take it online or on paper.

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RI News
8:30 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

The Governor's 2016 Budget: A Deeper Look At Health Care And Education

Credit Don Borman

  Gov. Gina Raimondo gave her first State of the State address last night, unveiling her first budget.

Explore the governor's budget online.

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The Education Blog
7:14 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Sneak Peek: Education In The Governor's Budget

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Governor Raimondo gave a sneak peak of several programs Wednesday that will be part of her budget proposal.

She's proposing $1.3 million dollars to help high school students get college credit, and $1.75 million to provide some loan forgiveness for college graduates. The idea of that program is to encourage more recent grads to stay in the state.

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Education
9:10 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Education Commissioner Reflects On Tenure In Rhode Island

Rhode Island's current education commissioner Deborah Gist, will be leaving to become superintendent of Tulsa public schools at the end of this year.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is about to step down to become superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools. Before she leaves, she reflected on her tenure with Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter Elisabeth Harrison. Gist says she made the right move delaying test scores for teacher evaluations. But she was disappointed lawmakers voted to delay using test scores for a high school diploma.

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The Education Blog
9:05 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Charter School Supporters Rally At Statehouse

Supporters of charter schools in Rhode Island gathered to demonstrate in the Statehouse rotunda Wednesday.
Credit RIPR

Charter school advocates packed the statehouse rotunda Wednesday to urge lawmakers to continue their support for charter schools. 

    

A statehouse panel is considering changes that could decrease funding for charter schools. Jeremy Chiappetta from Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy said families should have choices when it comes to public school.

“We are looking to continue to grow a high quality public school sector that includes charter schools, state run schools, independent schools and certainly traditional public schools,.” Chiappetta said.

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Education
9:01 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Rhode Island Educators Prepare For PARCC

Science teacher Barbara Walton Faria stands in front of Thompson Middle School in Newport

Teachers across the country are under fire to increase student test scores and start using tougher standards in their classrooms. They’re also about to start using new tests to find out how their students are doing. So what is it like to be a teacher right now, and what concerns do teachers have about the changes in their classrooms? 

Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Newport Middle School Science Teacher Barbara Walton-Faria to find out. Walton-Faria is the chair of RI Teacher Advisory Council.

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The Education Blog
9:53 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Raimondo Kicks Off Search For Education Commissioner

Credit Catherine Welch

Governor Gina Raimondo began a series of what her office is calling "listening sessions" as part of the search for a new state commissioner of education.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison reports the governor convened a group of teachers, principals, charter school leaders and district leaders for an invitiation-only event.

About 20 people gathered around tables in a Providence elementary school classroom to give feedback on the search for a new education commissioner.

The event was by invitation only, with guests hand-picked by the governor’s office.

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