Inside RIDE

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Inside RIDE

We must work together so that all Rhode Islanders will be proud of the quality of our public schools. Let's continue learning from one another and leading the way toward great schools for our children.



There are 142,854 students in Rhode Island public elementary, middle and high schools.

Welcome to RIDE!

Here at the R.I. Department of Education (RIDE), the work we do every day is aimed at a single goal: preparing every Rhode Island student for success in college, careers, and life. We invite you to explore our website and learn about the many programs, initiatives, and resources through which we strive to improve student achievement and to invest taxpayer dollars wisely. We welcome your comments, feedback, and inquiries. Please feel free to send us your comments.

“Just as teachers cannot do their work alone, schools cannot do their work without community support. Transforming education in Rhode Island is about students, teachers, school leaders, family members, public leaders and officials, and each member of our community working together to make our schools America's best.” 

-- Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist
2012 State of Education Address

From Commissioner of Education Deborah A. Gist

I hope you enjoy the look and feel of our website and that you can use this site to find the news and information you need about our great public schools in Rhode Island. Be sure to check out the Commissioner's Corner for timely information about our students, our teachers, and our schools. I'd be glad to hear your thoughts about our schools, so feel free to contact me any time, at 401-222-8700 or