A trial run for the new standardized test known as the PARCC exam begins in Rhode Island next week. The test is slated to replace the annual NECAP in 2015, as public schools transition to a new set of standards called the Common Core.
A growing group of parents, teachers and others continue to raise questions about test and the Common Core. They are calling on Rhode Island lawmakers to stop the initiative in a movement that mirrors similar anti-Common Core efforts around the country.
One of Rhode Island's two teachers' unions, the National Education Association Rhode Island, has endorsed democrat Clay Pell in the race for governor.
NEARI President Larry Purtill says this gubernatorial race will play a crucial role in the future of public education.
"We need a candidate who will listen to educators, stop the testing craze and make sure that every Rhode Island student has the opportunity for a great public school education," Purtill said in a written statement.
Providence College officials are urging the public not to rush to judgment after The Wall Street Journal reported a police investigation of two basketball players, as the Friars head to Texas for the first round of NCAA tournament.
PC Spokesman Steve Maurano says the school conducted its own investigation of the sexual assault allegations when they first surfaced in November.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her plan meant to add manufacturing jobs; high-stakes testing; tax policy; the slow start to redeveloping former I-195 land; and other issues.
Brown begins a series of public lectures, art exhibits and other events Friday with an open campus and a lecture from World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, who happens to be a Brown alumnus (class of '82).
All this week we're marking Brown University's 250th birthday with a series of conversations reflecting on its past and looking into the Ivy League university's future. This morning (Wednesday) Rhode Island Public Radio's Scott MacKay talks with historian Ted Widmer about Brown's more recent past and where it's heading in the future.
State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is releasing additional results from the standardized test known as NECAP. The report will include school-level data for all Rhode Island public schools, and comparisons to other New England states using NECAP.
At the end of February, the Rhode Island Department of Education released an abridged summary of NECAP results, revealing scores for seniors facing a new test-linked graduation requirement. The early release was intended to give schools and students time to prepare if they did not do well enough to earn a diploma.