RI to grant NECAP waiver to some students

Some Rhode Island students who secure admission to a 2- or 4-year selective college will no longer be required to pass the New England Common Assessment Program assessment to secure a high school diploma.

A spokesman said on Saturday that the Rhode Island Department of Education told school superintendents on Jan. 3 that it is expanding the NECAP waiver beginning with students graduating this year.

Eliot Krieger says the waiver partially stems from feedback from some colleges that said students selected to join non-open enrollment higher education institutions without meeting the state graduation requirements were struggling to secure financial aid without the required high school diploma.

There was no immediate estimate on the number of students likely to benefit from the waiver.