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9:07 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Leadership Changes at Providence Teachers Union

Providence Teachers Union President Steve Smith is stepping down after about a decade at the helm of the union in the state's largest school district.

Smith tells Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Analyst Scott MacKay he is retiring after more than 30 years in the Providence Public Schools.

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The Education Blog
8:54 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Governor Releases School Safety Plan

More than a year after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut, Rhode Island officials have offered a blueprint for increasing school security. The "Model School Safety Plan" is a lengthy report, intended to guide districts updating their security plans, under a new state law.

I confess, I have yet to wade through the 300-pages of recommendations in the report. It is meant to serve as a model that school districts can adapt for their own use.

The Education Blog
8:54 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Rhode Island is Not Alone in Worrying About Public Education

Concerns about public education in China are fueling an increasing interest in alternative schools like Waldorf education. The trend is profiled in a fascinating New Yorker article now on newsstands.

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Education
8:52 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Education Commissioner Gist Delivers Upbeat State Of Education Address

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist says there was a more than ten percent increase in math proficiency on the standardized test known as NECAP.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island’s Education Commissioner Deborah Gist emphasized the positive in her annual State of Education speech last night at the General Assembly. She said Rhode Island students are improving on national testing, and she said 73 percent of this year’s senior class has now scored high enough on the state standardized test to earn a diploma, after thousands of students had to re-take the test in October.

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The Education Blog
9:10 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Gist to Deliver State of Education Address

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist plans to deliver her annual State of Education address Thursday at the Statehouse. The speech comes just hours before the state is slated to release the latest round of standardized test scores, which are due out Friday morning.

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Standardized Testing
9:20 am
Wed January 29, 2014

With NECAP Testing Linked To Graduation, Thousands Of RI Students Anxiously Await Results

Providence high school senior Ruth Presendieu joins thousands of students across the state as they await the results of NECAP testing.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Thousands of high school students across Rhode Island learn this week whether they improved enough on a standardized test to earn a diploma. The state is releasing NECAP scores for all students, including 4,000 high school seniors who had to re-take the test. One of them, Providence Senior Ruth Presendieu stopped by our studio to talk about what it’s like to be a member of the first Rhode Island class whose graduation is linked to standardized testing.

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The Education Blog
8:57 am
Wed January 29, 2014

NECAP Scores Expected This Week

School districts are getting ready to notify students of their scores on the state’s standardized test, known as NECAP. The results will have a major impact on roughly 4,000 seniors, who need to improve their scores to earn a diploma.

Although the state has announced it will allow waivers for students who get into college, this is the first year that high school seniors are expected to use NECAP scores to earn a diploma. They also have to pass their classes and complete either a senior project or a portfolio demonstrating highlights from their high school career.

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The Education Blog
8:47 am
Wed January 22, 2014

It's a Snow Day

Many public and private schools across Rhode Island cancelled classes for today, as the snow storm gathered steam on Tuesday afternoon. In a rare move, many colleges and universities also shut down, including the Rhode Island School of Design and Rhode Island College. One notable exception, Brown University, cancelled only those classes scheduled before 10 a.m.

The Education Blog
9:09 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Providence City Council Calls for Pause on High Stakes Testing

The Providence City Council wants to delay a testing requirement for high school seniors, taking effect for the first time this year. The council unanimously passed a resolution last week requesting the pause, citing new advice from education officials that would exempt students accepted at competitive colleges.

Providence City Councilman Sam Zurier says the exemption seems unfair to most Providence students, who are more likely go to community college or straight to work.

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