Rhode Island’s Request for ESEA Flexibility
The new state accountability system comes out of a request for “flexibility” regarding some of the provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA - also known as No Child Left Behind or NCLB).
Rhode Island's ESEA Flexibility Request [PDF, 2.2MB] was approved by the U.S. Department of Education in May, 2012.
UPDATE (April, 2014):
The RI Department of Education is in the process of applying for a renewal of the ESEA Flexibility Request, which the U.S. Department of Education initially approved in May 2012. This approved request allowed us to implement our current system of school accountability. Under our previous system, we classified schools based almost entirely on the percentage of students who attained proficiency on state assessments. The current system includes many additional measures, including progress toward goals, growth over time, percent of students attaining proficiency with distinction, closing achievement gaps, and graduation rates. Our current system also provides schools identified for intervention with the autonomy to select interventions that respond to their context and their needs.
To earn approval for our renewal request, we need to make some revisions to our classification system, largely because of the transition from the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments. This transition requires us to rethink how we can measure progress toward goals and annual growth as factors within our accountability system.
As part of this process, we are sharing a summary of the proposal and soliciting feedback. Video is also available of the informational webinar. The full submitted proposal is available below: