From The Blog
by Daniela Fairchild
Last Friday, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) released new testing regulations, cutting the number of assessments high school students are required to take by half*. On paper, these alterations seem simple and even commonsensical: PARCC testing uses up a lot of schools’ oxygen—a 30-day test window for the computer-based exams severely limits access to broadband and blended options for other learning.
Great schools change everything.
And every child deserves a great school, no matter their background. Together with Rhode Islanders across the state, RI-CAN fights for the research-backed policies that will make sure they get one.
As the executive director of Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy, a network of high-performing charter schools in northern Rhode Island, I see every day how the hard work of dedicated teachers makes this work not only possible, but palpable. Because we believe that every single "scholar" at BVP, 100 percent of them, have the potential to be great, and we believe that it is our job to ensure scholar success, success is happening. Read more...Jeremy ChiapettaFeb 12 2013