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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

Public Schools

School Report Visit Date
Achievement First Public Schools October 2015
Barrington January 2016
Beacon Charter School June 2013
Blackstone Academy Charter School February 2016
Blackstone Valley Prep RI Mayoral Academy November 2016
Bristol-Warren November 2015
Burrillville Oct 2014
Central Falls Mar 2013
Chariho Dec 2014
Compass Charter School Oct 2012
Coventry Oct 2014
Cranston May 2013
Cumberland June 2016
East Greenwich Oct 2012
East Providence May 2017
Exeter / West Greenwich May 2017
The Greene School June 2017
Highlander Charter School April 2015
International Charter School
June 2016
Jamestown October 2013
Johnston December 2016
Kingston Hill Academy Charter School June 2015
Learning Community Charter School June 2014
Lincoln Feb 2014
Narragansett Dec 2013
Newport County Feb 2016
Newport Public School May 2015
New Shoreham March 2014
North Kingstown Oct 2012
North Providence February 2017
North Smithfield Oct 2013
Northwest (Foster, Glocester, Scituate & Foster-Glocester) Feb 2015
Paul Cuffee Charter School Dec 2012
Pawtucket June 2015
Portsmouth May 2016
Providence Oct 2016
Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Oct 2013
Segue Institute for Learning April 2017
Sheila Skip Nowell Leadership Academy Oct 2014
Smithfield May 2017
South Kingstown April 2013
SouthSide Elementary Public Charter School November 2016
Trinity Academy for the Performing Art Nov 2016
Urban Collaborative June 2015
Village Green Charter School Nov 2015
Warwick Feb 2017
West Warwick Oct 2015
Westerly Feb 2016
Woonsocket March 2014

Non-Public Schools

State Operated Schools

All links are PDFs.

School Report Visit Date
Department of Corrections June 2017
Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center June 2016
RI School for the Deaf April 2013
DCYF Alternative Education Program June 2016