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CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Board of Education won't reconsider using the New England Common Assessment Program as a graduation requirement in the state.
The Providence Journal reports the board voted 7 to 4 Monday night to close debate on the issue. That followed more than an hour of testimony.
The Providence Student Union had asked the board to reopen the issue, arguing that minority groups, special-education students and low-income students, would be disadvantaged because their schools hadn't adequately prepared them for the test..
This year's graduating class is the first required to show partial proficiency on the NECAP to qualify for graduation.
Students who fail the test during their junior year are allowed to take it again as seniors or take an alternate test such the SAT.
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