Will the SAT become Rhode Island’s high school “exit exam”?

Check out the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) website and you’ll see that they proudly declare that;

Rhode Island has implemented a statewide diploma system to ensure access for all middle and high school students to rigorous, high quality, personalized learning opportunities and pathways.

An announcement about the details surrounding the “new diploma system” is expected later this fall, now that the public comment process on the proposed regulations has concluded (Rhode Islanders had until September 15, 2016 to weigh in on the propose changes).

Earlier this month, pro-education reform governor Gina Raimondo, whose husband is part of the education reform and charter school industry, announced that she was “open” to using the unfair, inappropriate and discriminatory SAT testing scheme as a graduate requirement in Rhode Island.

As numerous academic studies have revealed, grade point averages, not standardized test scores are the best predictors of college success.

In fact, these studies show that the SAT correlates with the income of the student’s parents and does not predict how a student will do in College.

Over the last few years, more than 850 colleges and universities have decided not to require applicants to even provide SAT scores and this list includes well over 180 “top-tier” universities and colleges.

But defending her indefensible position, Governor Raimondo claimed that the NEW SAT was better because it was aligned to the Common Core, a statement that indicates how little the governor understands about the shortcomings associated with the Common Core and its Common Core testing scheme.

Rhode Island state officials had already announced plans to drop the requirement that students pass the Common Core PARCC tests in order to graduate, a decision they reached based on the evidence that the PARCC test is not an appropriate indicator of what the child has been taught or whether they are college ready.

Why Governor Raimondo is “open” to the use of the SAT is a sad reminder about the level of ignorance on the part of some elected officials in this country.  It is also an indicator that far too many officials see students are little more than profit centers for the charter school and corporate education reform industries.

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    • jonpelto

      Thanks! Yes, a bad test becoming more and more high stakes for our children and teachers, around the country and here in Connecticut. A system increasingly designed to hurt students. Any why? So the College Board can make more money….

  • visuallearner

    In regard to this statement: “Rhode Island state officials had already announced plans to drop the requirement that students pass the Common Core PARCC tests in order to
    graduate, a decision they reached based on the evidence that the PARCC test is not an appropriate indicator of what the child has been taught or whether they are college ready.” That RIDE has stated that students will not have to take the PARCC or earn a certain score on it to get a diploma is true, but the state is not preventing from individual districts from deciding otherwise, which some have done. Also, I doubt that the reasons given here are the actual reason. RIDE is doubling down on insisting that all students in grades 3 – 9 (depending on which high school math test students take) are required to take the PARCC. Failure to reach the 95% participation rate disqualifies a school from being labeled Commended status. I submitted a lengthy comment to RIDE regarding the inappropriateness of the “new and improved” SAT to be used as a potential graduation requirement, or as one of the medley of tests that students may choose from in order to obtain a Commissioner’s Seal (an idea which is in the works). Given the proclivities of our Governor, her husband, and our Commissioner of Education, I doubt that my views as a retired teacher of the deaf will hold much weight.

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