Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy: Highest Percentage in RI for Proficient and Proficient with Distinction

Cumberland, RI- The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) released comprehensive scores today for every school and all students tested last October in grades 3-8 and 11 using the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP). Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) Mayoral Academy has the highest percentage—94%— of eighth grade scholars who were proficient or proficient with distinction in math in the state! Scholars at BVP surpass the state NECAP averages in every content and every grade level— by double digits in half of the grades and contents tested. BVP scholars who identify as Latino also scored proficient or better by an…
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R.I. high-school reading, writing scores tops among NECAP states

Rhode Island high-school students fared well compared with their peers in the region and improved their performance overall, according to assessment results that the Department of Education (RIDE) released today (February 13, 2014). Rhode Island students in grade 11 improved by 2 percentage points, to 81 percent proficiency, in reading, and by 2 percentage points in mathematics as well, to 36 percent proficiency. Rhode Island high-school scores are once again the highest among the NECAP states in reading and have caught up with the other NECAP states in mathematics. "I want to congratulate Rhode Island teachers and students on their…
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Providence Marks Significant Improvement in Graduation Rates, Dropout Rates; NECAP

Providence, (February 11, 2014) – At the meeting of the Providence School Board last night, Board members heard a presentation from staff that highlighted an increase in graduation rate and 3-year positive trend in dropout rates. Graduation rates are up from last year to , and the dropout rate is down from to 12% since 2009. Challenges remain for the class of 2014 with the new conjunctive graduation requirements, which include the NECAP standardized assessment in math and reading, but the district is committed to helping students succeed in overcoming that hurdle. “While we still have work to do, the…
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Providence Public Library Announces Schedules for Free Personal Advancement & Lifestyle Technology Classes

PROVIDENCE, RI - Providence Public Library announces its schedules for its Personal Advancement computer classes and Lifestyle Technology offerings for February, March and April. These classes are offered free of charge and are held in the Library’s 3rd Floor Conference Room, 150 Empire Street, Providence. Participants in the personal advancement classes receive instruction on topics from computer/technology basics to advanced software use. The complete schedule of classes for February through April is available at: and includes some offerings on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition, this March and April, the Library is offering its popular Digital Photography Series of four classes…
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Michelle Obama Encourages Students to Apply for Federal Student Aid

On Wednesday, Michelle Obama told a group of high school students and parents that they should not be deterred from applying to college because of financial concerns, but should apply for federal student aid. “Fill out those forms, fill them out!” Mrs. Obama exhorted. “Don’t leave money on the table.” Speaking at T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., a few miles outside Washington, she gave her advice as deadlines approach for college-bound students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as Fafsa. “Unfortunately, too many students don’t even bother to apply to college…
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Several States Are Reconsidering Their Participation In The Common Core

Forty-five states, including the District of Columbia, have signed onto the Common Core Standards Initiative during this school year or the next. This federally backed standards initiative seeks to impose a national standard for achievement among K-12 students. Yet many states are already reconsidering their participation, in large part due to the cost. Up front, states will spend about $10 billion, and then $800 million per year for the first seven years this program is implemented. Much of the cost is on new, Common Core-aligned textbooks and curriculum, but added expenses include teacher training, technology upgrades, testing and assessment. According…
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Providence School Board Takes Up Policy on School-Based Autonomy

Providence, (February 4, 2014) – As part of the strategic direction of the Providence Public School District articulated by the Providence School Board and Superintendent Dr. Susan Lusi in recent months, the Board’s policy committee began last night to refine a draft policy allowing stakeholders at the building level (administrators, teachers, students, parents and community partners) to take greater ownership of their school community through autonomous, shared decision-making. The policy, drafted by Board President Keith Oliveira, focuses on the objective of creating a high-performing school district that educates all students at high standards and eliminates the achievement gap. The document…
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Hillary Clinton Encourages Hispanics to Read to Their Children

Hillary Rodham Clinton is part of an effort to encourage Hispanic families to read, sing, and talk more to their young children in the hopes that they will be more prepared for school. Last year the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, along with the San Francisco non-profit, Next Generation, started the "Too Small to Fail" campaign. Univision Communications Inc will take part in the campaign, running public service announcements and news programs focused on decreasing the word gap. In the US, about twenty five percent of all babies and toddlers born are Hispanic, but they are less likely to…
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