October 10, 2015
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High stakes

Elementary and secondary students finish up NECAP testing this week, a process that will determine at what level schools are performing and, as described by Winman Junior High School Principal Joanne Pelletier, “stretch” kids as they are asked things they don’t know. Students are coached to take their best guess in such situations and to request additional time on the test should they need it. It’s also a stressful time for teachers and administrators. “This is high stakes,” said Pelletier, “jobs depend on it.” Administrators and teachers in low performing schools face the possibility of losing their jobs, she said. Pictured here, during Tuesday’s testing, are Winman students Umair Ayaz and Braelyn Casacalenda. (Warwick Beacon photo)

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