Barrington students will be measured up against peers worldwide

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A group of Barrington High School students were scheduled to participate in a one-day assessment run by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

A randomly selected group of 15-year-olds from Barrington High School were scheduled to take the test in late January; it allows administrators the chance to better understand how the local students compare to their counterparts from across the globe.

Officials from Barrington had been requesting participation in the exam for years, but had not been selected until this year. The local school district also received a grant (worth about $8,000) that will cover costs associated with the assessment.

Members of the Barrington School Committee were pleased with the news, which was announced during a meeting earlier this month.

"I can't tell you how thrilled I am," said Paula Dominguez, who added that she could not wait to hear feedback from this experience. Ms. Dominguez has said that judging local students agains their peers from across Rhode Island is not enough. She has said that a comparison with the top students in the country and the rest of the world would be more beneficial.

Forty-nine Barrington students will take the test.

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