Rhode Island · School Talk

RICAS Results Are Major Wake-Up Call

In April 2017 Rhode Island leaders in government and education came together to form a rare united front in support of the bold decision to adopt the same statewide test that Massachusetts uses for its annual testing. They called it MCAS; we would call it RICAS. Superintendents, school committees, union leaders, legislative leaders and even… Continue reading RICAS Results Are Major Wake-Up Call

Rhode Island · School Talk

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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Stop Hoarding Education and Embrace All Families

While it’s not totally surprising that some members on my own town council are hesitant to embrace or welcome the children of families who can’t afford a single family home, it is disappointing to hear them speak of children as nothing more than dollars and cents for the school system. But that’s what a few… Continue reading Stop Hoarding Education and Embrace All Families

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La Nostalgia No Sostiene Un Negocio Pero Sí Mantiene Abiertas Las Escuelas de Bajo Rendimiento

Ya todos nos hemos enterado de que nuestra Benny’s, nuestra tienda icono de Rhode Island, cierra todas sus tiendas después de 93 años. Viene ahora la nostalgia de la gente recordando sus salidas de la infancia para comprar una bicicleta o un trineo o alguna herramienta papá necesitaba. Pero como co-propietario de Benny’s Arnold Bromberg… Continue reading La Nostalgia No Sostiene Un Negocio Pero Sí Mantiene Abiertas Las Escuelas de Bajo Rendimiento

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2017 PARCC Results in RI: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

PARCC data is in and while the overall news isn’t good, there are some bright spots for sure including huge gains at some schools and far more students taking the SAT now that it’s free. Big shout out to all the schools that posted significant gains and/or are members of the elite club that Dan… Continue reading 2017 PARCC Results in RI: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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My Year: Reflections of a Former Flight Surgeon on Her First Year of Teaching

By Rosemary Miner Halfway through my second month as an emergency certified science teacher at Nowell Leadership Academy, Executive Director Toby Shepherd asked me if I would be interested in keeping a journal to documented the experience. Overwhelmed with everything I had to learn just to teach the next day and all the things I… Continue reading My Year: Reflections of a Former Flight Surgeon on Her First Year of Teaching

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Mayor James Diossa: Rhode Island’s Very Own Charter Champion

These kids get only one shot at an education. – James Diossa Mayor James Diossa calls his community “the comeback city” and education plays a central role in that vision. In a city that is one mile by one mile and made up of predominantly Latino families, school choice has become part of the fabric… Continue reading Mayor James Diossa: Rhode Island’s Very Own Charter Champion

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Removing Barriers: Step 1, Free Access to the SAT

Rhode Island 10th and 11th graders took the PSAT and SATs for free for the first time this year. The PSAT was administered in the fall and just last week, during the school day, high school juniors took the SAT.  They are the first cohort of students to benefit from Governor Raimondo’s free SAT/PSAT plan… Continue reading Removing Barriers: Step 1, Free Access to the SAT

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Just a Dominican Kid From Pawtucket Showing Kids Like Him That They Too Can Be Leaders

Last year as he was preparing to open a new middle school in Rhode Island, Osvaldo Jose Marti worked as an administrator first at Blackstone Valley Prep’s existing middle school and then at one of their elementary schools.  When the fourth graders there made the move up to middle school, it would be to Marti’s… Continue reading Just a Dominican Kid From Pawtucket Showing Kids Like Him That They Too Can Be Leaders