Youth groups host debate on NECAP


In response to the vigorous statewide debate over the use of the NECAP test as a high school graduation requirement and a broader national debate over standardized testing, two youth advocacy groups have planned a community forum to discuss the issue. 

The forum is scheduled for tomorrow at 6:30 pm and will be held at Warwick City Hall in the Council Chambers.  

Panelists will present views on the issue from a variety of perspectives. Audience members will then have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.

Forum organizer Bob Houghtaling, a Warwick resident and the director of the East Greenwich Substance Abuse program, stated, “This is an extremely important issue affecting all students. Parents, students and educators have many concerns related to the use of standardized testing and are seeking more dialog on the issue.”

Panelists participating in the forum include: Andrea Castaneda, chief, Accelerating School Performance, Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE); Bob Mattis, director of special education, St. Mary’s Home for Children; Joanne Quinn, executive director, The Autism Project; Rick Richards, former school and district accountability specialist, RIDE; Jim Vincent, president, NAACP-Providence Branch; and Ron Wolk, former vice president at Brown University and founder of Education Week Magazine. 

Everyone is welcome to attend. For additional information, contact Bob Houghtaling at 230-2246 or


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"youth advocacy groups..." Hmmm. Can't imagine where they stand on the "national debate over standardized testing". Couldn't help but notice that no representatives from the business community were invited. You know, the folks that seek some level of functional literacy for new hires.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013