A group of community organizations has filed a petition with the State Board of Education to stop high stakes testing from taking effect as early as 2017. The groups are concerned about using the PARCC exam as part of grading or as a graduation requirement.
In 2020, all Rhode Island high school students will have to use test scores for a diploma, but districts can choose to require scores earlier, starting in 2017. A coalition of community groups says they shouldn’t be allowed to do that. Parent Jean Ann Guliano, from the anti-testing group Parents Across Rhode Island said students are not ready.
“We’ve had report after report that students are not receiving the types of support and the type of interventions that they need, prior even to 9th and 10th grade, in order to pass these tests,” said Guliano.
Guliano said her biggest concern is students who are still learning English and students like her own son, who has a disability. A spokesman says the Board of Education will take up the petition.
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