education

Politics
9:06 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Chafee Champions Raises for Cabinet, Not Professors

Governor Lincoln Chafee is requesting a 6 percent wage hike for members of his cabinet after shooting down a proposal to raise salaries for state university and college professors. According to The Providence Journal, the governor’s plan would provide a 3 percent increase to 14 state employees in June, followed by another 3 percent increase in December.

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The Education Blog
12:40 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Testing Expert Responds to NECAP Controversy

Freelance policy analyst and liberal blogger Tom Sgouros is one of a number of critics raising questions about Rhode Island's use of the New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, as a graduation requirement. Specifically, Sgouros has argued that by its very nature, NECAP was designed to magnify differences in student achievement, thereby ensuring that a certain number of students will score poorly every year.

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The Education Blog
8:58 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Should Students Serve on RI Board of Education?

The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare will consider adding two students to the State Board of Education at a hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

The bill, sponsored by Providence Democrat Edith Ajello, proposes two additional seats on the board, one for a college student and one for a high school student. Both positions would be non-voting, but the students would have their opinions recorded in official minutes from any meeting.

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The Education Blog
9:08 am
Fri March 22, 2013

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

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Sparks Fly over High Stakes Testing

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The Education Blog
10:41 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Father-Daughter Dances at the Senate

The Senate Education Committee will hear testimony today about whether schools should be allowed hold father-daughter dances.

The hearing comes after controversy in Cranston over a single mother who said her daughter was denied access to a dance. She wrote to the district charging the policy violates anti-discrimination laws. Cranston school officials responded by banning father-daughter dances, prompting community outcry.

Morning News Podcast
10:39 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Most adults failed a mock NECAP test.  Glass could be used as cover material at the state landfill under a proposed bill.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

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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The Education Blog
9:52 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Schools Cutting Music Programs? Juilliard Offers a Solution

One of the nation’s most selective conservatories for the performing arts is now offering online classes for elementary and secondary students. The initiative, dubbed “Juilliard eLearning,” includes hands-on music instruction and demonstrations from Juilliard faculty and students.

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Education
8:23 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Most Adults Fail the Mock NECAP Test

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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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Higher Education
8:56 am
Mon March 18, 2013

NEIT Gets Nod for Game Design

The New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) is one of the best places in the country to study video game design, according to the Princeton Review. The college and university ranking organization has placed NEIT at number 14 on its list of the top 15 undergraduate institutions for video game design.

The ranking puts NEIT in the company of schools like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which earned the number two slot, and the University of Southern California, ranked 5th. The top-ranked school for video gaming programs was the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

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Education
8:42 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Students to Have Adults Take Simulated NECAP Test

A group of Providence students is asking prominent Rhode Islanders to take the standardized test known as the NECAP this weekend, as they work to demonstrate why it should not be used as a graduation requirement.

"We hope to lend a deeper perspective to debate about the new high stakes testing graduation requirement," says 16-year-old Classical High School student Cauldierre McKay, a member of the Providence Student Union. The group has been pushing state officials to reconsider their policy on graduation requirements that go into effect for the class of 2014.

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