I'm heading to Portugal for the week. Before I go I'll quickly note that R.I. education commissioner seeks delay in new high school graduation requirements, in particular the tiered diploma system is gone. That part was an undisciplined indulgence of RIDE's inexperienced wonks, which muddied their message considerably.
In possibly related news, New Hampshire has released their 2010 NECAP results, which inch up about a point in hs math. I'd love to know how early RIDE knows what the RI scores look like. They seem to make a lot of decisions right before they announce them.