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Education
9:11 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Diane Ravitch On Standardized Tests, Charter Schools, And Teacher Evaluations In RI

NYU professor and education critic, Diane Ravitch speaking at URI.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

It’s October, and that means students across Rhode Island are filling in bubbles on standardized tests. The annual use of testing in math and English has become a controversial tool for rating schools, and making decisions about high school diplomas, and it will soon be part of teacher evaluations too. One researcher who started out supporting standardized testing now says its part of the problem in public schools. Diane Ravitch has become one of the strongest voices in the national debate and she spoke at the University of Rhode Island last night.

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The Education Blog
8:56 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Diane Ravitch to Speak at URI

As Rhode Island debates high school diplomas tied to test scores, a prominent critic of standardized testing comes to make her case at the University of Rhode Island. Diane Ravitch, a research professor at New York University, is scheduled to speak this evening as part of URI's honors colloquium on education.

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On Politics
4:45 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Rhode Island vs. Massachusetts: The Economic Myths

It seems sometimes like every Rhode Island business and political leader points to the better economy in Massachusetts. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looked across the state border and finds more myth than reality.

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The Education Blog
8:25 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Brown Endowment Returns Jump to 12.6 percent

Brown University’s endowment earned investment returns of roughly 12.6 percent in fiscal year 2013, up sharply from just 1 percent in 2012. The University says its total long term investment pool is now worth $2.86 billion.

The Education Blog
8:14 am
Mon September 30, 2013

STEM Program Gets a Boost from State

Dr. Robert Ballard, the oceanographer famous for discovering the wreckage of the Titanic, speaks at Pilgrim High School in Warwick Monday, where state officials are scheduled to announce a $500,000 grant to expand his JASON Learning program.

JASON is a nonprofit organization that teaches more than two million students every year about science, technology, engineering and math. The grant funding will expand its operation in 16 Rhode Island school districts.

The Education Blog
10:44 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Gist Schedules Skydiving Stunt to Promote Reading

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist plans to jump out of a plane on Saturday alongside a charter school teacher who answered her call to get students to read more books this summer.

The stunt is part of challenge Gist issued at the end of the last school year. She promised to go skydiving with any teacher whose students finished all of their summer reading goals.

Education
10:17 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Board of Education Chair Mancuso Not Commenting on ACLU Lawsuits

Board of Education chair Eva-Marie Mancuso, not currently commenting on the recent lawsuits brought by the ACLU.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The head of the state’s Board of Education says she can’t comment on legal action taken against the board by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Board Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso says she’s going to let the legal process move forward. The ACLU took legal action this week saying a the board violated the open meetings law last week when it voted behind closed doors to reject a petition urging reconsideration of the NECAP testing requirement. 

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The Education Blog
9:04 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Computer Teacher named 2014 RI Teacher of the Year

Patricia Page of East Greenwich is the new "Teacher of the Year" in Rhode Island. Page, who left a career in business to become a teacher, teaches computer and business classes at East Greenwich High School.

Governor Lincoln Chafee praised Page for breaking down the wall between schools and the business world. State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said Page has introduced innovative lessons such as an "elevator speech," which requires students to make a quick pitch for a business idea.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Raimondo on Education, Campaign Finance, Transparency + More

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to talk about her political future, education policy, campaign finance, transparency in government and other topics.

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The Education Blog
9:22 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Divided Board Votes Against Reconsidering Graduation Rules

The Rhode Island Board of Education has voted not to take up a state policy tying test scores to a high school diploma. In a 6-5 vote, the board ruled against a petition critical of the rule, which takes effect for the current senior class. The policy requires students to achieve a score of at least partially proficient on standardized state testing or improve on a retake to earn a diploma.

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