Falling Behind Our Neighbors on the National Assessment of Educational Progress


Here’s another disturbing finding from the recently released math and reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

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During the reform movement of the last decade, initiated by Republican Governor Donald Carcieri and his appointed education board (which in turn appointed Education Commissioner Deborah Gist), Rhode Island was making steady progress toward the New England pack.  The trend slowed and then stopped when Independent/Democrat Governor Lincoln Chafee took office and shouldered the reformers out.  Now, under Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo and new Education Commissioner Ken Wagner, Rhode Island’s eighth graders appear to be backsliding, especially in math.

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    During the year long process of RIDE requesting local input from parents, politicians, business, anyone living in the state as a stakeholder in student’s future education K-12 as RIDE was prepareing the RI response to federal government requirement to document what RI would do to advance education and teacher accountability with more local hands on at local schools by principals, teachers, parents and student centered learning, YOU an outright vocal and written critic of public education was very silent. So silent nobody ever head your suggestions to help make the state education system better.

    Now you are back to being the same old Justin complaining about everything in the school system.

    I have an old saying, you don’t vote, don’t complain!