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11:08 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Changes To State Standardized Testing Approved

RI teachers have criticized the PARCC testing structure, which divides testing into two separate periods.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Students in Rhode Island will take shorter standardized tests next year. 

The multi-state governing board that oversees the so-called PARCC tests, voted Wednesday to shorten testing by about 90 minutes. The change comes following criticism from teachers over the lengthy nature of the test.

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Education
11:48 am
Thu May 21, 2015

CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale To Step Down

Ray Di Pasquale during a presentation at the Statehouse with former governor Lincoln Chafee.
Credit RIPR FILE

Ray DiPasquale the President of the Community College of Rhode Island is stepping down. The decision comes after nearly a decade at the helm.

Di Pasquale began his first term as President in 2006.  During his tenure the school has seen record enrollments; graduating it’s largest-ever class in 2013. He also oversaw CCRI’s first-ever capital campaign which raised more $7 million.

In a statement Di Pasquale said serving as CCRI President was a “true privilege.”

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Education
9:21 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Rising Tide: For New College Grads, Job Prospects May Be Brightening

Students wander through the University of Rhode Island's job fair. Job prospects for recent grads seem to be looking up.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

New graduates receive diplomas this weekend at the University of Rhode Island. Like grads across the state, they enter a job market showing signs of recovery. But Rhode Island still suffers from one of the worst unemployment rates in the country.

As we continue our series Rising Tide, looking at whether Rhode Island is emerging from the Great Recession, Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter Elisabeth Harrison checks in with college students to find out how they view the future.

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Education
8:22 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Study Finds RI's Preschool Is Expensive, But Meets Quality Standards

The National Institute for Early Education Research says Rhode Island spends roughly $8,300 for every preschool student.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island’s new state-funded preschool program is expensive, but it may be high quality. That’s according to a new study from the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.

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The Education Blog
9:49 am
Thu May 7, 2015

URI Police Force Ready To Carry Guns

The main campus of the University of Rhode Island is located in a rural area west of Narragansett Bay.
Credit University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island is arming its police force as of Friday. Preparations have been underway for a little more than a year. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison has details.

A gun scare in 2013 led to the decision last year to arm police on URI's rural Kingston campus. Though it turned out there wasn’t any gun, the false alarm pointed out the drawbacks of unarmed officers, who had to wait for armed police to respond to the incident.

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