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Rhode Island just released its second round of report cards on every public school in the state, assigning ratings of between one and five stars to each school based on test scores and graduation rates as well as other key factors like student and teacher absenteeism.
You can view every school’s report card here.
So what are the key takeaways from the latest results? Here’s an overview.
Westerly has the best story
Teachers and administrators at State Street Elementary School were disappointed last year when the school was assigned two stars, so they put together a plan to address their challenges. By raising test scores and partially closing achievement gaps, the school jumped all the way to five stars. Clayville Elementary School in Scituate also saw a strong increase, from three to five stars.
Classical High School is wonderful, but other Providence schools got worse
Classical was one of 22 schools in the state to earn a five-star rating, but the vast majority of Providence high school students are attending schools with just one star. The only other high school in the district that earned more than one star was E-Cubed.
Chronic absenteeism numbers (for students and teachers) are striking
There are 23 schools in Rhode Island where at least 40 percent of students were considered chronically absent during the 2018-19 school year, meaning they missed at least 10 percent of the school year. Nearly all of those schools are in urban districts, like Providence, Pawtucket and Woonsocket. On the teacher side, there were 12 schools that saw at least 20 percent of teachers listed as chronically absent, including four in Johnston and three in Warwick.
Some suspension numbers are alarming
At Nathan Bishop Middle School on the East Side of Providence, the out-of-school suspension rate was 48 suspensions per 100 students. Only Samuel Slater Middle School in Pawtucket (48.9) and the Chariho Alternative Learning Academy (65.3) posted higher suspension rates. All told, 22 schools across the state had suspension rates of at least 20 per 100.
There are 22 schools in need of dramatic reform
The school report card system is part of Rhode Island accountability plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Each year, the state is required to identify its lowest-performing schools that are in need of comprehensive support and improvement. This year, 22 schools from seven local education agencies fell into that category, include 11 Providence schools.
NEED TO KNOW
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• My latest: It looks like tuition at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island will increase beginning next school year.
• Rhode Island has received a record number of open government complaints in 2019 – and the year isn’t over. Ed Fitzpatrick explains why some officials think more complaints might be good news.
• New this morning: Deval Patrick told the Globe he understands his presidential campaign “is a Hail Mary from two stadiums over,” but he said he believes he has something to offer in the race.
• Political scoop: Senate President Dominick Ruggerio appears to have a Democratic primary challenger. Leonardo A. Cioe Jr. opened a campaign account on Wednesday.
• With the House Antitrust Subcommittee investigating the world’s largest tech companies, Politico reports US Representative David Cicilline floated the idea Wednesday of blocking them from making acquisitions until the probe is completed.
• Congratulations to all of the winners of 2019 Dorrys.
WHAT’S ON TAP TODAY
Each day, Rhode Map offers a cheat sheet breaking down what’s happening in Rhode Island. Have an idea? E-mail us at RInews@globe.com.
• Rhode Map Live is tonight at 225 Dyer Street. I’ll be discussing the future of our state with Governor Gina Raimondo, Brown University President Christina Paxson, Rhode Island College President Frank Sanchez and Lifespan CEO Tim Babineau. Doors open at 5 p.m.
• If you can’t find a seat at Rhode Map Live, don’t worry. Thursday is always a big night for the Venture Café on the second floor of the building. Check out their event too.
• Happening this afternoon at the Rhode Island Convention Center: The State of Rhode Island Housing Forum.
• Shain Shapiro of Sound Diplomacy will be at The Bomes Theater tonight for a discussion on nightlife in Providence.
• This sounds interesting: PhysCon 2019 runs today through Saturday at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
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