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Senate approves NECAP moratorium bill

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The Rhode Island Senate has approved legislation that would put a moratorium on the use of the NECAP as a high school graduation requirement, but the House speaker says he opposes it.
       
The legislation approved Wednesday would prohibit the use of any standardized test, including the New England Common Assessment Program, as a graduation requirement until 2017.
       
This year's graduating class is the first that must show at least partial proficiency to graduate.
       
Critics say the test isn't a valid measure of student achievement. They say some students, including disabled students and English language learners, are disproportionately disadvantaged because they have not been adequately prepared to pass.
       
House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's spokesman says Mattiello thinks the bill isn't necessary because of the ``broad range of waivers'' superintendents can give students.

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