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State of Education in Rhode Island

Each year, the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education delivers a report on the state of education in Rhode Island.

This address has taken different forms through the years, but this year, we brought it directly to the students and educators who are at the center of everything we do.

2017 State of Education

On May 8, 2017, the 2017 State of Education in Rhode Island took place at Davies Career and Technical High School in Lincoln and was also streamed via Facebook Live on RIDE's Facebook page.

Commissioner Wagner discussed the progress we've made in the past year, and the goals we must set for the year to come to ensure that we deliver high-quality, equal education opportunities for every student in Rhode Island. 


Commissioner's Q&A with Students

Because students are the top priority in education, they were the focus for this year's address. Prior to the address, RIDE had sent an open invitation to all Rhode Island students of all grade levels to submit questions to the Commissioner for him to answer at the event. The Commissioner wanted to hear directly from them about the challenges they face, the dreams they have for the future, and what support or guidance they need in order to be successful. Over 200 questions were submitted and reviewed by the Rhode Island Student Advisory Council, a committee made up of one elected student from each high school in the state, and the Council select a handful of those questions to be asked after the Commissioner's address. The students whose questions were selected were invited to ask their question directly at the State of Education address. For the few students unable to attend, their question was asked by a member of the Advisory Council, who identified from whom the question originated. You can follow the discussion with the hashtag, #RIStateOfEd.