- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s top schools official is giving an annual address about the state’s education priorities.

Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Ken Wagner is scheduled to deliver the speech on Monday evening at the Davies Career and Technical High School in Lincoln.

The state Department of Education has recently announced changes for the coming year, including plans to adopt new standardized tests. Wagner said last month the state will adopt the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, or MCAS test, and drop the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career, or PARCC.

The state also recently announced that it’s expanding its pre-kindergarten program to a total of 60 classrooms in the fall, including new sites in Central Falls, Pawtucket and Providence.

Space for Wagner’s talk is limited. Pre-registration is required.


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