R.I. Education Commissioner: Too Many Grads Not Ready for College

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Deborah Gist, Education Commissioner of Rhode Island said the many of Rhode Island high school students are not ready for college and she is working on ways to change that.

“Large numbers of students graduating from High Schools in Rhode Island are not ready for college,” Gist told the WPRO Morning News with Tara Granahan and Andrew Gobeil. “In fact we know that at the Community College of Rhode Island, as many as between 50 and 70%, depending how you look at the numbers, are in need of remediation when they get there.”

Gist said she is taking steps to better ready students for life after high school. “We have been working on some new standards that we are transitioning into in our state right now as well as an assessment we are going to transition into in the 2014-2015 school year,” said Gist.

She said it is a priority for her to make sure that “Rhode Island students are graduating from our high schools ready for success.”

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