- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she’s open to using the SAT as a graduation requirement for high school students.

The Democratic governor tells WPRI-TV (https://bit.ly/2bQoXKk ) the college admissions exam is better than it used to be because it’s aligned to Common Core standards.

Her comments come as state education officials are proposing to drop a mandate that in coming years would have tied high school diplomas to performance on statewide assessment tests such as the PARCC exam.

The state is taking comments about the proposed changes until Sept. 15, including during hearings scheduled at the Warwick Public Library on Tuesday evening and in Providence on Sept. 12.

The Council on Elementary and Secondary Education plans to vote on the new diploma rules later this fall.

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