School Support System: A Collaborative System of Focused Monitoring

The Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports' monitoring of special education is aligned with federal IDEA legislation. Moreover, the School Support System addresses the Comprehensive Education Strategy and the R.I. Student Investment Initiative. These are state general education initiatives designed to close gaps in student performance and prepare students for the 21st century. 


System Design

The School Support System is designed to align with best practice efforts and supports the following beliefs and assumptions:

  • An assigned category or level of special need does not define the educational needs of students.
  • To the maximum extent possible, students with exceptionalities are meaningfully included in the general education program. 
  • The curricula are based on standards that are sufficiently broad to support the learning needs of all students and include academic and skill areas.
  • Individual Education Plans reflect state and local standards for student performance, incorporate varied assessments, and utilize a broad array of accommodations for testing and learning.
  • A comprehensive system of professional training must support and encourage the involvement of all personnel in addressing the learning needs of students with the full range of abilities and exceptionalities.


Approach and Goals

The School Support System integrates multiple sources of information in order to develop a support plan that is directed at increasing student performance and is founded on proven practice. Moreover, RIDE's Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports seeks to create collegial and collaborative relationships with the school district/educational setting, thereby involving the entire district/educational setting in evaluating the quality of special education services. As a result, the process delineates the district/educational setting’s strengths and needs, culminating in the development of a plan to improve service delivery. 

Our goal is to implement agreements and verification in a timely and systematic way to get corrective actions /support planning instituted in order to assure continuous high performance of all children.


School and District Reports

All links are PDFs.

School Report Visit Date
Barrington Jan 2011
Beacon Charter School Jun 2013
Blackstone Academy Charter School June 2010
Blackstone Valley Prep RI Mayoral Academy Dec 2010
Bristol-Warren Oct 2010
Burrillville Oct 2009
Central Falls Mar 2013
Chariho Mar 2010
Compass Charter School Oct 2012
Coventry Nov 2009
Cranston May 2013
Cumberland Nov 2010
CVS Highlander Jan 29-30, 2008
East Greenwich Oct 2012
East Providence Feb 2012
Exeter / West Greenwich May 2012
The Greene School Nov 2011
International Charter School Mar 2010
Jamestown Oct 2013
Johnston Mar 2012
Kingston Hill Academy Charter School Nov 2009
Learning Community Charter School Jan 2009
Lincoln Feb 2014
Narragansett Dec 2013
Newport County Mar 2011
Newport Public School May 2010
New Shoreham May 2009
North Kingstown Oct 2012
North Providence Nov 2011
North Smithfield Oct 2013
Northwest (Foster, Glocester, Scituate & Foster-Glocester) Feb 2010
Paul Cuffee Charter School Dec 2012
Pawtucket Jan 2010
Providence Jan 2012
Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College  Oct. 2013
Segue Institute for Learning June 2011
Smithfield Oct 2011
South Kingstown April 2013
Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts June 2012
Warwick Jan 2013
West Warwick Feb 2011
Westerly May 2011
Woonsocket Oct 2008