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Rhode Island‘s Education Commissioner, Deborah A. Gist, wants to raise the bar and elevate the cut score requirement on the state-required basic skills test  for prospective teachers. I’ve been shaking my head for a while trying to understand how it is seemingly so easy for someone to take the reigns of a classroom and be called “teacher.”

This is the same leader who directed her superintendents to end teacher assignments based on seniority.  I may have to pay closer attention to what’s happening in Rhode Island.

Commissioner Gist was appointed to her current post in April, arriving in Rhode Island after serving as state superintendent of education and chief education officer in the District of Columbia.

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On Friday, October 23rd, Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist directed superintendents to end teacher assignments based on seniority.  The rationale: The state’s Basic Education Program (BEP) requires “the continuous improvement of student learning” to be the basis for all decisionmaking, including all personnel decisions and evaluations, which makes it impossible, according to the Commissioner, for districts to comply with the BEP provision that the Board of Regents approved last June.

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