Students across the state are in the process of taking their NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) tests, and the conversation continues about the appropriate use of assessments as one element in our diploma system. To help everyone understand the truth about our use of assessments, to tackle misinformation head-on, and to provide students with confidence that they can earn a diploma, we at RIDE have developed a short set of questions and answers about our Diploma System. Over the next few weeks, I’ll post here on the Commissioner’s Corner some of these frequently asked questions and our responses:
Is it true that Rhode Island students can fail to graduate on the basis of a single, standardized test?
No. The truth is that, in Rhode Island, we use multiple measures to determine whether students are ready to earn a diploma and to succeed beyond high school. The measures include course completion, performance-based demonstrations of proficiency (such as senior projects), and success on state assessments or on other approved assessments.