- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The ACLU-Rhode Island, NAACP and a dozen other organizations are seeking to bar school districts from using the new state assessment as a high school graduation requirement before 2020.

The groups filed a petition Tuesday with the state Department of Education asking for public hearings on the matter.

The General Assembly approved a moratorium last year on using scores from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) for graduation and grading purposes until at least 2017.

The ACLU says the Department of Education originally proposed extending the moratorium until 2020, but later revised the policy to allow schools to tie PARCC scores to graduation with the class of 2017.

The ACLU says schools are also authorized to use PARCC scores as a grading tool this coming year.

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