In response to the vigorous statewide debate over the use of the NECAP test as a high school graduation requirement and a broader national debate over standardized testing, two local youth advocacy groups have planned a community forum to discuss the issue, including a representative from the state Department of Education.
The forum takes place Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m., at Warwick City Hall in the Council Chambers.
A number of panelists will present views on the issue from a variety of perspectives. Audience members will then have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.
“This is an extremely important issue affecting all students. Parents, students and educators have many concerns related to the use of standardized testing and are seeking more dialog on the issue," said organizer Bob Houghtaling, director of the East Greenwich Substance Abuse program.
Panelists participating in the forum include:
Andrea Castaneda, Chief, Accelerating School Performance, RI Department of Education
Bob Mattis, Director of Special Education, St. Mary's Home for Children
Joanne Quinn, Executive Director, The Autism Project
Rick Richards, former School & District Accountability Specialist, Rhode Island Department of Education
Jim Vincent, President, NAACP-Providence Branch
Ron Wolk, former Vice President at Brown University; Founder, Education Week MagazineAll are welcome. For additional information, contact Bob Houghtaling at 401-230-2246 or email@example.com.