Rhode Island Education Commissioner RIDE Names State’s Best & Worst Schools: Educator Leaders React

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist on Friday released reports cards for every school in the state, indentifying the schools by a set of six classifications, with the lowest-performing schools set for state intervention.

The classifications were made possible the Rhode Island Accountability System, which is designed to recognize specific problems in low-achieving schools to enable school improvement. The U.S. Department of Education approved the Rhode Island Accountability System on May 29.

The new accountability system enables the R.I. Department of Education (RIDE) to: focus on achievement gaps, diagnose school performance by identifying specific shortcomings and achievements at each school, provide each school with the specific support or intervention needed to improve student achievement and to close achievement gaps, and provide these schools with the ability to select interventions that respond to their context and their needs.

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