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Old 10-06-2010, 08:54 PM
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My kids are bright, caring kids, but they're getting buried with work and demands in our suburban school district in Western Mass.

They are in 5th and 6th grades, and teachers and schools are under heavy pressure to improve their statewide MCAS test scores. It's really a shame. Learning is rushed, not inspired. Growing up in NY, we had Regents exams, but this is ridiculous.

As we consider a move to R.I. (job transfer), I'm wondering if there are difficult state tests at the various grade levels in your state. I want my kids to learn and enjoy school, not dread it. Testing isn't learning, though I know we need measurement.

It may seem strange to seek out an "easier" education, but some parents will understand exactly what I mean.

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Old 10-08-2010, 05:42 PM
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RI may be the same way or worse. The schools in RI are focused on the NECAP test reults and most schools are underperforming. The public school system here needs a major overhaul!
Presently, besides private schools, the only districts performing well are Barrington and East Greenwich. And by this, I mean the elementary, middle and high schools. Some districts have great elementary schools but terrible high schools, academically.
My daughter is currently in the public school system, and I am looking for a good private school for her. After much research, I have decided that private schools in RI is the way to go.
Good luck!
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