PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Some Providence high school students are complaining that the state is testing them on subjects they have not been taught.
The Providence Student Union says 196 Providence juniors, or about 13 percent of those taking the New England Common Assessment Program test, had taken neither algebra 1 nor geometry.
Providence school spokeswoman Christina O'Reilly disputes those numbers. She also tells the Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/MaXNyl ) that most students have at least taken a ramp-up algebra class that would have introduced them to the concepts on the test.
Starting with the Class of 2014, passing the NECAP will become a graduation requirement.
State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has stressed that students can retake the test multiple times, and can opt to take an alternate assessment, such as the SAT.
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com