By Samuel D. Zurier
Over the past 12 months, Rhode Island lost six years of progress toward its goal of high-quality public education for all. When last school year began, the Board of Education declared that the graduating class would be the first to receive diplomas tied in part to achievement on statewide assessments.
As the school year advanced, it became clear that the fallout from this requirement (especially for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or with special needs) was too severe, and the General Assembly postponed the goal until 2017. In August, the commissioner of education concluded that even the General Assembly’s schedule was too aggressive, and postponed the program three more years, to 2020.
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