Rhode Island

Angélica Infante-Green Rhode Island’s Next Ed Commissioner?

Angélica Infante-Green has been nominated to serve as Rhode Island’s next education commissioner, reports Dan McGowen for the WPRI Eye Witness News. Although McGowan notes that Infante-Green “comes to Rhode Island at a time when test scores are lagging and achievement gaps are wide,” he...

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Rhode Island Goes Big Using ESSA to Fight Chronic Teacher Absences

Taylor Swaak reports in The 74 on how Rhode Island is “tackling teacher chronic absenteeism by incorporating it into its ESSA plan as a measure of school accountability.” This “means the state will consider teacher absenteeism rates when gauging schools’ success and identifying low-performing schools.”

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Rhode Island also Having Big Problems with one ESSA Provision

Fostering Media Connections President and The Chronicle of Social Change Publisher Daniel Heimpel discusses how Rhode Island is one of at least 10 states that have either “outright failed or are struggling in their implementation of ESSA’s foster care transportation provision.” And although many states say they have taken appropriate steps...

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Little Rhode Island Big on Detailed Ed Data

Education Week’s Daarel Burnette II takes a look at Rhode Island’s granular approach to collecting per-school spending data, noting that “depending on which school a student attends in this tiny state, spending per pupil could be as little as $9,000, or as much as $45,000.”...

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Small State, Big-Time ESSA Plan in Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s ESSA plan “earned high marks from an independent review that has otherwise criticized states for lacking critical details,” writes education reporter Jessica R. Towhey. “The review from Bellwether Education Partners awarded Rhode Island its top mark—5 of out 5—in the category of Supporting...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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Fordham Experts Raise Concerns over WI’s ESSA Plan

In an interview with the Providence Journal, Mary Ann Snider, the Rhode Island Department of Education’s deputy commissioner for teaching and learning, discussed how ESSA brings back local control. Regarding state interventions in low-performing schools, “We don’t have a lot of evidence that a state...

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