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Tiogue principal moderates forum on Common Core standards

January 10, 2014

Students statewide are going to switch from NECAP testing to computer-based PARCC testing in 2014-2015, and schools are adapting everything—from computer use and availability to new educational guidelines. Jessica Boisclair. Daily Times.

COVENTRY—With the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) examination being implemented into the state’s many school districts next year, Tiogue Principal Louise Seitsinger hosted a parent forum to bring them up to speed on the new test and common core standards.

Wednesday night, parents gathered in the Tiogue Library to learn about the test that their students will be responsible for taking during the 2014-2015 school year and how it aligns with the common core standards.

Seitsinger explained that the main piece of the PARCC testing is that it’ll be done online, so parents and teachers need to ensure that students have the basic keyboarding skills needed to take the exam.

“We’re only field testing right now in grade three,” she said. “Part of it is online and part of the test will be performance based.”

Because the test is so technology driven, she explained, the Coventry school district is trying to accommodate the needs of the various schools to ensure that the students have enough computers to take the exam by next school year.

“We have a computer lab here,” Seitsinger added. “We have one in the front of the building and every classroom has six computers so we’re in pretty good shape. And it looks like the wireless infrastructure, through a grant the state got, will be upgraded.”

Although the state of Rhode Island has implemented certain educational standards in the past, they were never consistent with other states.

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