NECAP reconsideration rejected

By Dana Griffin

PROVIDENCE, RI- In a 6–5 vote, the Board of Education rejected the request to reconsider NECAP testing. The petition brought on by the ACLU on behalf of the Providence Student Union.

“We were very disappointed by the board's vote obviously.  We think that it's time that the Board of Education had a formal discussion and hearing from the public about this very controversial issue.”

ACLU executive director, Steven Brown says that meeting should have been public.

“We were well within our rights to do it and quite frankly, I think it was disingenuous to even raise those issues at this point,” said board chair, Eva-Marie Mancuso.

The open meeting law allows the board to discuss litigation in closed session.

Mancuso said, “We did not talk about the NECAP. We did not talk about the testing. We talked about whether or not we were going to revisit, under the administrative procedures act, the issue from the beginning, back in 2008.”

Brown adds, “Using one standardized test to decide whether or not a student's 12 years of school are going to mean something really is not appropriate.”

The board claims that 75% of students are reading at a 10th grade level by senior year, and that the test data will also help determine what they need to do to improve student proficiency.

The ACLU has two pending lawsuits against the board. It's considering further legal action against them.

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