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School Improvement

Improving outcomes for our most vulnerable students and our most underserved communities remains one of Rhode Island’s most pressing challenges. RIDE recognizes that we can only surmount this obstacle with a deep and authentic sense of shared responsibly, a boundless belief in what is possible for kids, and the indefatigable hope for which our Ocean State is known.

As a part of a system of statewide accountability and support under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), RIDE is committed to identifying Rhode Island’s lowest performing schools and student groups in order to support continuous improvement efforts and accelerate teaching and learning for all Rhode Island students. Rhode Island is beginning to identify these schools and student groups as a part of our full statewide accountability release, the results of which can be found on our new School and District Report Cards platform.

RIDE, in collaboration with a diverse coalition of community stakeholders known as the Committee of Practitioners, has articulated the broad outline and strategy for School Improvement in the federally-approved Rhode Island’s ESSA State Plan.

January 11 School Improvement Convening Resources

Identification for School Improvement Under ESSA

ESSA designates three levels of identification and support: comprehensive support and improvement (CSI), targeted support and improvement (TSI) for subgroups, and additional targeted support and improvement (ATSI). In accordance with federal requirements, Rhode Island has established the following processes for identifying schools for each level of support.

Comprehensive Support and Improvement

Comprehensive Support and Improvement


For 2018, Rhode Island will identify the following groups of schools for comprehensive support and improvement (CSI):

  • The lowest performing five percent of all schools – including at least the bottom five percent of Title 1 schools – based on performance on all indicators in the accountability system.
  • All high schools in the state failing to graduate one third or more of their students within four years.
  • Any school with the lowest score for all applicable non-graduation indicators, and one or two points for graduation, if applicable.

CSI-Identified Schools, as of December 2018


District Name School Name Grade Span
Cranston NEL/CPS Construction Career Academy H
Pawtucket Samuel Slater Middle School M
Pawtucket Lyman B. Goff Middle School M
Pawtucket Charles E. Shea High School H
Providence Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School H
Providence Alfred Lima, Sr. Elementary Schoo E
Providence Carl G. Lauro Elementary School E
Providence Nathan Bishop Middle School M
Providence Gilbert Stuart Middle School M
Providence Roger Williams Middle School M
Providence Hope High School H
Providence Mount Pleasant High School H
Providence Robert L Bailey IV, Elementary School E
Providence Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School E
Providence Governor Christopher DelSesto Middle School M
Providence William B. Cooley, Sr. High School and the Providence Academy of International Studies H
Providence West Broadway Middle School M
Woonsocket Harris School E
Sheila Skip Nowell Sheila Skip Nowell Leadership Academy (Central Campus) H
Sheila Skip Nowell Sheila Skip Nowell Leadership Academy (Capital Campus) H
RI Deaf Rhode Island School for the Deaf S
RINI RI Nurses Institute Middle College H
DCYF DCYF Alternative Education Program H
Chariho Chariho Alternative Learning Academy S

Targeted Support and Improvement

Targeted Support and Improvement


ESSA designates two categories of schools to be identified for targeted support and improvement. The first category includes schools with one or more “consistently underperforming” subgroups of students, based on all indicators in the state accountability system. These schools are identified for targeted support and improvement (TSI). The second category of schools to be identified for additional targeted support and improvement (ATSI) includes schools in which any subgroup of students, if considered on its own, would be meet the criteria to be identified as a school in need of comprehensive support and improvement.

Rhode Island will identify school subgroups for targeted support and improvement (TSI) if they meet the minimum n-size of 20 and meet the criteria for a one star rating based on the accountability system as if that subgroup were a school.

Additional Targeted Support and Improvement

Additional Targeted Support and Improvement


Rhode Island will identified school subgroups for additional targeted support and improvement (ATSI) if they meet the minimum n-size of 20 and also the conditions to be identified as in need of comprehensive support and improvement if they were a school. This includes subgroups that meet any of the following conditions:

  • Performing within the lowest five percent of all schools – including at least the bottom five percent of Title 1 schools – based on performance on all indicators in the accountability system.
  • High school subgroups failing to graduate one third or more of their students within four years.
  • Any subgroup with the lowest score for all applicable non-graduation indicators, and one or two points for graduation, if applicable.

Note as of December 18, 2018: RIDE will update this page with more information as it becomes publicly available, including information for principals, superintendents, families, students and community members about school improvement activities that will be happening throughout the state. RIDE is in the process of contacting system and building leaders at all schools identified as CSI in the 2018-19 school year and is convening with educators and community leaders to discuss school improvement work on January 11, 2019.