McKee, Kalus clash over Department of Education’s release of RICAS scores

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee and his political opponent, Republican Ashley Kalus, clashed over the release of the Rhode Island Department of Education’s RICAS scores, less than a week before Election Day.

In a statement Friday, Kalus said, “I am so happy that the governor finally bowed to pressure to do the right thing and release the scores. It’s the right thing to do, he has been holding them since September.”

According to the data, statewide scores showed that 26.9% students are proficient in math, a nearly 7% increase from 2021. In English, the data shows 31.1% of students are proficient, a 2.1% decrease from the previous year.

“What the RICAS scores show is that Rhode Island’s broken education system is in desperate need of repair,” Kalus added. “Not even a third of our children are meeting the mark, and decades of the same failed policies are to blame.”

The release of the scores Friday came as a bit of a surprise for Rhode Island families, after Gov. Dan McKee said the numbers would not be released until after the election on Nov. 8.

In response to his political candidate, McKee said, “You can’t release information you didn’t have. So, when Kalus says that it is just part of her dishonest and shameful campaign.”

The deadline for early voting in Rhode Island is Monday.

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