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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.

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.

Cranston: 67 students not testing, 6396 testing = approximately 1 percent.

East Providence: 410 opt outs = 13 percent.

Pawtucket: 1 percent.

Westerly: 6.5 percent.

Chariho: 2 percent.

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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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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
5:07 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Union Approves Resolutions Against Standardized Testing

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On of the state's two teachers' unions is calling for parents to get better information about how to opt out of standardized tests.

In a resolution, the executive committee of the National Education Association Rhode Island says the state and local districts should provide written information to parents about their right to remove children from testing.

The resolution stresses that teachers have a free speech right to talk to parents about opting out of testing, including the new multi-state test known as PARCC.

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Education
8:57 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Rhode Island Schools Improving, Says U.S. Education Secretary Duncan

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he has serious concerns about proposed changes to the federal law that governs public schools and their funding.
Credit Courtesty U.S. Department of Education

Congress is hammering out new requirements for public schools and federal school funding. The current bill, commonly known as the "No Child Left Behind Act," has been controversial because of the way it uses standardized test scores to measure public schools. Changes to the bill have been proposed in both houses of Congress.  

Federal Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison from Washington, D.C. to explain what these proposals could mean for Rhode Island.

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The Education Blog
9:57 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Can Students Opt Out Of Standardized Testing?

The Providence Journal reports this morning that standardized testing is not mandatory for Rhode Island students. While that is technically true, it is also true that Rhode Island has no official procedure for parents and students to opt out of annual testing, and parents may encounter significant resistance if they attempt to do so.

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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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The Education Blog
9:12 am
Fri October 10, 2014

RI Extends NCLB Waiver

Rhode Island has been granted a one-year extension to its waiver from the federal education law known as the “No Child Left Behind” Act. The law required schools to get all students to proficiency on standardized tests by this year.

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