Report: 31 percent of RI schools need improvement plans

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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.

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