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NARRAGANSETTâ€”Deborah Gist, Commissioner of Rhode Islandâ€™s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, will be visiting Pier Middle School on Jan. 6 and will hold an open forum at Narragansett High School for the public as well as a meeting with the Board of Regents. She will meet with the public at Narragansett High School from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. will hold a forum. She will facilitate a discussion of a recent proposal to institute a tiered diploma system for secondary school graduates which would take into account the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) test.
â€śThe test matters as much as anything else, not more than anything else,â€ť Gist said in a webinar about the new diploma system. Later, she said, that the test is an â€śimportant component that cannot be washed away, but not the sole component.â€ť
The Board of Regents meeting will give everyone a glance at a typical business meeting. The forum that follows in the auditorium will be a presentation of Commissioner Gist's Strategic Plan for Transformig Education in Rhode Island. There may be an opportunity for questions, though this remains uncertain.
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