RIDE’s accountability system places schools into one of six categories. RIDE expects all schools to strive for continued improvement of student achievement.
The Office of Transformation provides targeted intervention, monitoring and support to schools that are classified in lowest performing categories of Warning, Focus or Priority.
Intervention, Monitoring, and Support
On identification as a Priority School, the school and RIDE begin a three- to five-year intervention process:
Diagnosis and planning
The school will undergo a diagnostic screening and develop a plan for improvement that includes a comprehensive package of interventions, including at least nine strategies that respond to the diagnosis findings and are subject to the Commissioner’s approval; the district may also opt to close the school or to reopen the school under new education management.
Implementation and monitoring
The district and school will put the improvement plan into action. District leadership will oversee this process, through quarterly performance reviews with RIDE.
On identification as a Focus School, the school, the district, and RIDE begin a two- to three-year intervention process similar to the process for Priority Schools though involving only seven strategies that respond to the diagnosis findings.
Warning Schools will implement a plan for improvement, but on a limited scale and without intensive RIDE oversight.
RIDE expects all other schools to focus to strive for continued improvement of student achievement.
Previously Identified Persistently Low Achieving Schools
In 2010 and 2011, in accordance with federal Title I Regulations, the Rhode Island Department of Education Identified schools as “Persistently Low Performing” (PLA) if they were among the lowest-achieving five percent of Title I schools in the state or were a high school that had a graduation rate of less than 60% over a three year period.
PLA schools were required to submit school reform plans and were eligible to compete for Federal School Improvement Grant Funds (SIG 1003(g) under Federal Regulation).