Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports

Rhode Island has a long and proud history of ensuring that students with exceptionalities receive support and intervention to achieve high expectations and exit public education as productive citizens, life-long learners, and contributing members of the workforce.

The goals of the Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports ensure that children with diverse learning needs and children receiving special education services are provided equal access to a public education and that schools develop effective strategies for meeting the needs of these unique learners.
The Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports is responsible for advancing the education of:


State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)

RIDE has received a five year personnel development grant to support the implementation of a Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) to improve outcomes related to academic, social-emotional and behavioral functioning for students with or at-risk for disabilities. In addition, the grant will enhance the statewide system for personnel preparation and professional development and increase the capacity of school district personnel and pre-service candidates to implement the Multi-tiered System of Support consisting of prevention, high quality instruction, evidence-based intervention and evaluation. This grant was developed in partnership with the Sherlock Center at RI College.

IDEA Part B Federal Application

The following Rhode Island IDEA Part B 2013 Draft Grant Application is available for public comment through April 12, 2013 at 4:00PM. If you wish to comment, please send comments via email to or mail comments to:

IDEA Part B Grant Application 2013
Attn; Karen Lovett
Rhode Island Department of Education, Office of Student, Community & Academic Supports
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903