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What Happens When PK-12 Educators and Preparation Programs Work Together?

By Lauren Matlach, Daniela Fairchild, and Sarah Whiting We’ve all witnessed the education blame game.  Our education system is imperfect and, at times, it’s easier to blame someone else than to own the part we play in failing our students.  Over the past few years, teacher preparation programs have become a favorite punching bag of… Continue reading What Happens When PK-12 Educators and Preparation Programs Work Together?

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Federal Authorities Confirm “Tidal Wave of Need” in Providence

It would be an understatement to say that the earth shook a bit in Providence last week when the United States Department of Justice revealed that Providence Public Schools has got a major problem when it comes to how it is serving—and not serving—its English Language Learners. We now know that PPSD and the DOJ… Continue reading Federal Authorities Confirm “Tidal Wave of Need” in Providence

Rhode Island

We Have a Problem With Fractions

When Dan Yorke (of Dan Yorke State of Mind) asked Ken Wagner, Rhode Island’s Education Commissioner, about our math scores being “in the dumper,” Wagner replied with one simple explanation: “We have a problem with fractions.” And it was clear from the conversation that the problem isn’t limited to our students but extends to the… Continue reading We Have a Problem With Fractions

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Governor Raimondo Must Take the Lead in Acknowledging that Way Too Many RI Students are Graduating Unprepared for College

In September, CCRI reported a 47 percent jump in its enrollment of full-time students who have just graduated high school, a boost that the college attributed to the promise of two years of free tuition. But the college later acknowledged that only a fraction of those students were on track to graduate in two years.… Continue reading Governor Raimondo Must Take the Lead in Acknowledging that Way Too Many RI Students are Graduating Unprepared for College

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Mexico Brought This School Its First Valedictorian

There is something really special about any school’s first graduating class and the recent college signing day and subsequent graduation at Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) was no exception. Located in tiny little Rhode Island, this school bears the scars of political battles that were ultimately won because of courageous and relentless people who believe that… Continue reading Mexico Brought This School Its First Valedictorian

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Students Speak Out to Shift the Narrative About Their School (but 93 percent of Students There Don’t Read at Grade Level)

Student voice matters and when middle school students decide they want to push back on the negative narrative surrounding their school, we need to listen. Half a dozen students and one alumnus of Roger Williams Middle School in Providence fielded questions last week as part of a panel discussion entitled “I am Roger Williams Middle… Continue reading Students Speak Out to Shift the Narrative About Their School (but 93 percent of Students There Don’t Read at Grade Level)

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Walton Foundation’s New Lending Funds Bring Much Needed Relief to the RI Charter Sector

Most people in Rhode Island don’t even have a full understanding of what a charter school actually is so it’s highly unlikely that they are aware of the disadvantages these public schools of choice face when it comes to acquiring needed space and facilities. While traditional school districts do not pay for their facilities out… Continue reading Walton Foundation’s New Lending Funds Bring Much Needed Relief to the RI Charter Sector

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NAEP Scores Are a Major Wake Up Call for Little Rhody, Especially in Math

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores are out today and the news for Rhode Island is not good. Often called the “nation’s report card,” the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading and mathematics assessments are administered to a representative sample of fourth- and eighth-grade students in each state every two years. NAEP… Continue reading NAEP Scores Are a Major Wake Up Call for Little Rhody, Especially in Math

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Hey Alexa, Do Test Scores Matter? Duh, Of Course They Do

It turns out that one of Amazon’s considerations in deciding where to build it’s second headquarters—or HQ2— is the average SAT (or ACT) score of students in the cities on their list of potential options. Not only does it figure into their calculation of what the local talent pool will look like in the coming… Continue reading Hey Alexa, Do Test Scores Matter? Duh, Of Course They Do

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The Ghost of Donny Evans Still Haunts RI Decision Makers and Students Lose Out

(This piece was updated at 10:16 am to add Pawtucket as a district that also has school today. I missed them when I first published. My apologies.) Every single district in Rhode Island, with two exceptions, announced yesterday afternoon or last night that school would be cancelled today and many of us can’t, for the… Continue reading The Ghost of Donny Evans Still Haunts RI Decision Makers and Students Lose Out