A look back at the past decade in RI education
July: RI adopts the Common Core State Standards Initiative outlining quantifiable benchmarks in English and math from K-12.
2012 - 2013
RI has the 9th highest per pupil spending in the country. State SAT scores are near the national average and the state graduation rate is 79.7%, the lowest among neighboring states.
Full implementation of Common Core.
More than 10,000 Rhode Island students chose not to take the PARCC, part of a nationwide protest against standardized testing.
RI decides to transition to the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) with its own version, the Rhode Island Common Assessment System (RICAS).
RICAS is administered for the first time to students in grades 3-8. Students in grade 10 will take PSAT or SAT.
- RICAS scores are released. Results in math and English reveal RI students lag far behind their peers in Massachusetts.
- 14 public school students file a lawsuit against the state in Cook v. Raimondo, accusing RI of providing an education so inferior that it has failed to fulfill its duties under the U.S. Constitution.
- State Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Ken Wagner announces his departure.
- Angélica Infante-Green, a national leader on educational equity, is appointed new commissioner, having served as the Deputy Commissioner of New York City.
April 2019: Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza announce that the John Hopkins Institute for Education Policy will conduct a “deep dive” into the Providence public schools.
July 2019: Retired Central Falls Supt. Frances Gallo, is nominated as interim superintendent in Providence.
August 2019: Several new education laws, mirroring neighboring Massachusetts are passed creating statewide academic standards and curricular frameworks, redefining how schools are governed and demanding more accountability at the local level.
November 1: State takeover of the PPSD officially begins. It is to last 5 years, giving Commissioner Infante-Green and the superintendent to be appointed sweeping authority over budgetary and personnel decisions for the district.
December 2019: RIDE convenes 3 Community Design Teams, comprised of diverse stakeholders to develop measurable, actionable initiatives for Providence schools. They will focus on 3 priorities: World-Class Talent, Excellence in Learning, and Engaged Communities.
January 2020: Dorothy Smith is the interim superintendent of schools, after Fran Gallo stepped down at the end of 2019
February 2020: RIDE announces new PPSD superintendent, Harrison Peters.
March 2020: Community Design Teams are expected to present the Commissioner and RIDE with recommendations for implementation into the Turnaround Plan.