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Supporters of testing reform back Satchell bill

March 27, 2014

Senator Adam Satchell (District 9, West Warwick) recited his reasons for wanting a five-year moratorium on standardized tests being a graduation requirement during Wednesday night's meeting. Jessica Boisclair. Daily Times.

PROVIDENCE— More than 80 people signed up to testify before the Senate Committee on Education last night regarding Senator Adam Satchell’s (District 9, West Warwick) bill to postpone the implementation of standardized testing as a graduation requirement.

Satchell explained that his bill, S2059, would put forth a five-year delay on the standardized testing until 2019.

“I thought the diploma system for proficiency based graduation requirements was a good system; there were multiple measurements, graduation portfolios, senior projects, they were all weighted equally,” he added. “I thought these requirements were rigorous, showed development and allowed the students to show their career and technical skills, their hard work, their musical talent, who they were.”

He said the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) testing was designed to give schools and districts data on their student's performances.

In West Warwick, he told the attendees, reading scores were well below the state average in the past so the administration pushed resources towards literacy.

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