Chariho School Parents’ Forum

August 19, 2008

Making tests matter

Filed under: 1 — Editor @ 2:28 pm

Over at the “progressive” blog, RI Future, they have posted information on the upcoming hearing at the Board of Regents regarding the change in test requirements.  Angus Davis provided some info for use before.  No surprise, they are against the change. 

The Board of Regents will meet to consider mandating that standardized NECAP tests count for 1/3 of the graduation requirements from high school.Currently, in order to meet the requirements for high school graduation, a student must complete 24 credits and a senior project or digital portfolio.New regulations propose that graduation requirements be fulfilled through three parts, with each being weighed equally:

1- 24 Course Credits (or Carnegie Units);

2- Senior project or digital portfolio; and

3- NECAP tests in Reading, Writing, and Math.  These tests must be passed with proficiency.

There are many downsides to this proposal.  Special education students will be hurt the most, as NECAP tests are not aligned with IEPS.

The Board of Regents will hold two meetings to consider the proposal- the first is a workshop on Wednesday, August 27, from 4-6 in Room 501 of the Shepard Building (255 Westminster Street, Providence), with the vote scheduled for Wednesday, September 3rd at 4:00 in Room 501 of the Shepard Building.

If you are concerned about these changes, please attend the meetings!  

While their point is similar to LB’s concern – it seems that we should be able to find a way to make testing more important for those who benefit from it and appropriately important for those with IEP’s.


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