Nearly one in three Rhode Island schools are in need of improvement, while 30 schools have been recognized as “commended” for their exceptional performance, according to a report released Monday by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE).
The annual report ranks each of the state’s 277 public elementary, middle and high schools based on a variety of performance factors such as student proficiency in math and reading, the achievement gap and graduation rates. Schools are divided into six categories: commended, leading, typical, warning, focus and priority.
Schools ranked in the bottom three categories are required to create improvement plans, with focus and priority schools targeted for state intervention. Just over 31% of the state’s schools are considered warning, focus or priority schools; 32 schools – 12% – are ranked in the lowest-performing categories.