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Gist speaks on state of education in RI

September 19, 2013

Deborah Gist fields a question from Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay during Tuesday’s panel discussion on the state of education in Rhode Island held at URI on Tuesday. The event was part of the URI Fall Honors Colloquium.

KINGSTON – The state’s educational leaders gathered Tuesday at the University of Rhode Island for a panel discussion on the state of education in Rhode Island.

Eva-Marie Mancuso, chair of the Rhode Island Board of Education, Deborah Gist, commissioner of education, David Dooley, president of the University of Rhode Island, Nancy Carriuolo, president of Rhode Island College and Scott MacKay, political analyst for Rhode Island Public Radio, participated in the discussion.

The panel was moderated by Elisabeth Harrison of Rhode Island Public Radio, who began what turned out to be an impassioned discussion before a full house at Edwards Auditorium, by asking about the hotly debated topic of high stakes testing for high school students.

Gist said the state has been working toward the point of utilizing students’ test scores as a measure of whether they should receive their high school diplomas for about 10 years, beginning well before she came to Rhode Island in 2009.

For the whole story, pick up tomorrow's Narragansett Times.

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