Members of Providence Student Union applaud NECAP test postponement
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The student activists largely responsible for bringing concerns about the NECAP test to the public’s attention applauded the test’s postponement as a graduation requirement.
One member of the Providence Student Union, Hector Perea, said, “I’m so proud of all the hard work that has been put into the high-stakes testing by PSU students and the whole community. ”
Another PSU activist, Tim Shea, said, “I’m just thankful to everyone involved with the Providence Student Union. Working on the high-stakes testing campaign has shown me that when students organize around a just cause, anything is possible. I hope this empowers other students to stand up for their education!”
And from Xiomara Martinez: “It’s amazing that students won the high-stakes testing campaign! Hard work certainly does pay off.”
The PSU issued a statement that said, “We are thrilled that the state of Rhode Island has sided with the best interests of young people in passing a three-year moratorium. We hope now that students and districts can focus on achieving the education that young people deserve rather than be held back by ineffective graduation requirements.”
On Tuesday, Governor Chafee allowed a bill postponing the use of the NECAP as a graduation requirement to become law. The delay lasts until the class of 2017.