What does that show about RI students?

PROVIDENCE – The long-awaited RICAS scores, the release of which has become a major campaign issue, were released Thursday night and showed surprising gains in math and a slight decline in English.

However, student performance has not recovered to pre-pandemic levels, a national trend reported in the recent National Assessment for Educational Progress, a high-stakes assessment that shows two decades of gains have been wiped out by the pandemic.

Fear of Rhode Island’s Joint Assessment System’s release of witnesses has become a major issue in the increasingly contentious presidential race, with Republican challenger Ashley Kalus accusing Gov. Dan McKee of intentionally detaining witnesses until after Tuesday’s election.

McKee denied asking the Department of Education to hold back on the results until after the election, but the issue escalated after WPRI reported that the vendor had already given the data to the department.

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