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NEW: PARCC Tests to Be Shorter in RI, All States Next Year

Thursday, May 21, 2015

 

The Rhode Island Department of Education announced Thursday that the Governing Board of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) voted Wednesday to use only one testing window and to reduce total testing time by 90 minutes in the coming school year (2015-16).  

“The redesign of the PARCC assessment will meet our goal of streamlining assessments in Rhode Island at all levels – state, district, and school,” said Deborah A. Gist, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. “I am confident that, with a narrower testing window and with a shortened testing time, the PARCC assessments will allow more time for classroom instruction while still providing valuable information to families and educators about student progress and achievement.”

About the Test

This year, schools in all PARCC states administered the assessments during two testing periods: the performance-based assessment, which began in mid-March, and the end-of-year assessment, which began two weeks ago. About 5 million students in 11 states and the District of Columbia completed the PARCC assessments in English language arts and mathematics this year – including about 75,000 students in Rhode Island.

The Governing Board approved these changes as a result of feedback from all PARCC states during the first year of testing and after a careful review of the test design. As a result of the Governing Board vote, next year the PARCC consortium will:

·       consolidate the two testing windows that stretched from March to June into one testing period of approximately 30 days;

·       reduce the number of test units from 8 or 9, depending on grade level, to 6 or 7 test units;

·       reduce the testing time for students by 90 minutes overall (30 minutes in English language arts, 60 minutes in mathematics); and

·       simplify administration of the assessments while giving schools flexibility in setting their testing schedules within the testing period.

 

Related Slideshow: The RI High Schools with the Most Absentee Students

Below are the rates of chronic absenteeism for public high schools across the state. Figures are taken from the InfoWorks database maintained by the Rhode Island Department of Education. As the state defines it, a student has become chronically absent when he or she has missed 10 percent of the school year. With a 180-day mandated school year, that comes out to at least 18 or more days of missed school. Data is for the most recent academic year, 2013 to 2014.

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#59 Ponaganset High School

Location: Foster and Glocester

Total # Students: 684

% Chronically Absent: 4%

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#58 Beacon Charter High School for the Arts

Location: Woonsocket

Total # of Students: 227

% Chronically Absent: 6%

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#57 Barrington High School

Location: Barrington

Total # of Students: 1,027

% Chronically Absent: 7%

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#56 North Smithfield High School

Location: North Smithfield

Total # of Students: 519

% Chronically Absent: 7 %

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#55 Portsmouth High School

Location: Portsmouth

Total # of Students: 960

% Chronically Absent: 8%

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#54 East Greenwich High School

Location: East Greenwich

Total # of Students: 729

% Chronically Absent: 9%

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#53 Exeter-West Greenwich High School

Location: Exeter and West Greenwich

Total # of Students: 540

% Chronically Absent: 9%

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#52 Chariho Regional High School

Location: Charlestown

Total # of Students: 1,201

% Chronically Absent:

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#51 Middletown High School

Location: Middletown

Total # of Students: 685

% Chronically Absent: 10%

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#50 North Kingstown Senior High School

Location: North Kingstown

Total # of Students: 1,387

% Chronically Absent:11%

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#49 Smithfield Senior High School

Location: Smithfield

Total # of Students: 755

% Chronically Absent: 11 %

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#48 Westerly High School 

Location: Smithfield

Total # of Students: 917

% Chronically Absent: 11%

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#47 Block Island School

Location: New Shoreham

Total # of Students: NA

% Chronically Absent: 12%

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#46 South Kingstown High School

Location: South Kingstown

Total # of Students: 1,073

% Chronically Absent: 12 %

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#45 Tiverton High School

Location: Tiverton

Total # of Students: 1,607

% Chronically Absent: 14%

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#44 Coventry High School

Location: Coventry

Total # of Students: 1,607

% Chronically Absent: 14 %

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#43 Cumberland High School

Location: Cumberland

Total # of Students: 1,337

% Chronically Absent: 14%

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#42 Narragansett High School

Location: Narragansett

Total # of Students: 429

% Chronically Absent: 14%

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#41 The Greene School

Location: Exeter

Total # of Students: 162

% Chronically Absent: 15%

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#40 Highlander Charter Academy

Location: Providence

Total # of Students: NA

% Chronically Absent: 16%

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#39 Burrillville High School

Location: Burrillville

Total # of Students: 682

% Chronically Absent: 18%

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#38 Lincoln Senior High School

Location: Lincoln

Total # of Students: 1,005

% Chronically Absent: 18%

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#37 Mt. Hope High School

Location: Bristol

Total # of Students: 990

% Chronically Absent:19%

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#36 East Providence High School

Location: East Providence

Total # of Students: 1,502

% Chronically Absent: 19%

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#35 Paul Cuffee Charter School

Location: Providence

Total # of Students: NA

% Chronically Absent: 19%

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#34 Times2 Academy

Location: Providence

Total Number of Students: NA

% Chronically Absent: 19%

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#33 Academy for Career Exploration

Location: Providence

Total Number of Students: 168

% Chronically Absent: 19%

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#32 Scituate High School

Location: Scituate

Total Number of Students: 469

% Chronically Absent: 19%

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#31 J.M. Walsh School

Location: Pawtucket

Total number of students: 192

% Chronically Absent: 20%

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#30 Classical High School

Location: Providence

Total Number of Students: 1,119

% Chronically Absent: 21%

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#29 Toll Gate High School

Location: Wawick

Total # of Students: 958

% Chronically Absent: 21%

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#28 West Warwick Senior High School

Location: West Warwick

Total # of Students: 935

% Chronically Absent: 21%

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#27 Davies Career and Techinical Center

Location: Lincoln

Total # of Students: 849

% Chronically Absent: 22%

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#26 Pilgrim High School

Location: Warwick

Total # of Students: 991

% Chronically Absent: 22%

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#25 Johnston Senior High School

Location: Johnston

Total # of Students: 893

% Chronically Absent: 24%

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#24 North Providence High School

Location: North Providence

Total # of Students: 969

% Chronically Absent: 26%

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#23 Cranston High School East

Location: Cranston

Total # of Students: 1,583

% Chronically Absent: 27%

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#22 Warwick Veterans Memorial High School

Location: Warwick

Total # of Students: 910

% Chronically Absent: 27%

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#21 RI Nurses Institute

Location: Providence

Total # of Students: 266

% Chronically Absent: 29%

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#20 Rogers High School

Location: Newport

Total # of Students: 538

% Chronically Absent: 32%

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#19 RI School for the Deaf

Location: Providence

Total # of Students: NA

% Chronically Absent: 32%

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#18 Tolman Senior High School

Location: Pawtucket

Total # of Students: 1,034

% Chronically Absent: 33%

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#17 Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center

Location: Providence

Total # of Students: 838

% Chronically Absent: 33%

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#16 Cranston High School West

Location: Cranston

Total # of Students:1,526

% Chronically Absent: 33%

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#15 Village Green Virtual Charter School

Location: Providence

Total # of Students: NA

% Chronically Absent: 39%

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#14 E-Cubed Academy

Location: Providence

Total # of Students: 349

% Chronically Absent: 39%

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#13 Mount Pleasant High School

Location: Providence

Total # of Students: 898

% Chronically Absent: 39%

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#12 Central Falls High School

Location: Central Falls

Total # of Students: 727

% Chronically Absent: 40%

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#11 Shea Senior High School

Location: Pawtucket

Total # of Students: 858

% Chronically Absent: 42%

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#10 Blackstone Charter Academy

Location: Pawtucket

Total # of Students: 168

% Chronically Absent: 43%

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#9 Providence Career and Technical Academy

Location: Providence

Total # of Students: 577

% Chronically Absent: 44%

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#8 Woonsocket High School

Location: Woonsocket

Total # of Students: 1,579

% Chronically Absent: 47%

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#7 Cranston Construction Career Academy

Location: Cranston

Total # of Students:158

% Chronically Absent: 49%

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#6 William B. Cooley Senior High School

Location: Providence

Total # of Students: 617

% Chronically Absent: 50%

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#5 Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School

Location: Providence

Total # of Students: 486

% Chronicallly Absent: 53%

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#4 Central High School

Location: Providence

Total # of Students: 1,112

% Chronically Absent: 55%

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#3 Hope High School

Location: Providence

Total # of Students: 894

% Chronically Absent: 55%

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#2 Sheila Skip Nowell Leadership Academy (II)

Location: Providence

Total # of Students: 81

% Chronically Absent: 87%

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#1 Sheila Skip Nowell Leadership Academy (I)

Location: Central Falls

Total # of Students: 73

% of Chronically Absent: 89%

 
 

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