The two-hour forum was held on Monday, September 30 in Warwick. The forum attracted close to 50 adult participants. The forum consisted of power point presentations, passionate discussions including the ability of the public to ask questions without a time limit.
Starting with the 2014 graduating class, students must have passed the NECAP in their junior year with partially proficient or better as one of the requirements to receive their high school diploma.
They must score at least partially proficient. If they fail to achieve this, they are given the opportunity to retake the test twice in their senior year. Waviers are available for students that are still not able to test well, but it is reported that the waivers are very difficult to qualify for.
Advocates and parents contend that the test is unfair to both English Language Learners students and students with disabilities. It isn't the content that is objected to as much as the way that the questions are posed.
Currently approximately 4,000 Rhode Island seniors have not met the criteria by passing this test to receive their high school diploma.
This is the last year the NECAP will be administered. Then it will be phased out and replaced with the PARCC during the 2014-2015 school year. A new test, could mean new problems.
Additional forums on the NECAP as a graduation requirement will be held in Providence and Newport. Other sites around the state will be added as requests come in.