Data links at the Department of Education
The Department of Education annually collects a large variety of data from
schools and districts - much of it required by state or federal mandates. Some
of this information is annually compiled in the form of school and district
reports as part of Information Works! - a comprehensive set of indicators that
monitors and reports to the public on overall quality of public schools in Rhode
Island. Information Works! includes data on student achievement, dropout and
graduation rates, student mobility, school discipline, school finances, and
survey data from parents, students, teachers, and administrators. Education data
is used to inform state and local policymaking, local media, program decisions
within districts and schools, and the work of educational nonprofits across the
state. The quality of department efforts has been nationally recognized in
awards from the American Educational Research Association and the National
Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education.
Frequently Requested Educational Data (FRED)
is the Department's latest information services initiative intended to
streamline the process of data exchanges with the public and the education
community. With FRED, users will be able to sort, search, view and download the
most Frequently Requested Education Data (FRED) as well as information routinely
requested by the District, State and Federal program and policy administrators,
local media, and other non-profit organizations.
Subject to confidentiality and privacy rules, the department makes available
pertinent data sets to interested parties to better inform research and policy
studies and decisions.