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School Transformation

Providing Intervention, Monitoring and Support to Schools

The Office of Transformation at RIDE seeks to infuse our schools and districts with a productive urgency and a commitment to bold school reform.

School Classification

RIDE’s accountability system places schools into one of three categories. RIDE expects all schools to strive for continued improvement of student achievement.

The Office of Transformation provides targeted intervention, monitoring and support to schools that are classified in lowest performing categories of Focus or Priority.

Intervention, Monitoring, and Support

Priority Schools

On identification as a Priority School, the school and RIDE begin a three- to five-year intervention process:

  • Diagnosis and planning:
    The school will undergo a diagnostic screening and develop a plan for improvement that includes a comprehensive package of interventions, including at least nine strategies that respond to the diagnosis findings and are subject to the Commissioner’s approval; the district may also opt to close the school or to reopen the school under new education management.
  • Implementation and monitoring:
    The district and school will put the improvement plan into action. District leadership will oversee this process, through quarterly performance reviews with RIDE.

Focus Schools

On identification as a Focus School, the school, the district, and RIDE begin a two- to three-year intervention process similar to the process for Priority Schools though involving only seven strategies that respond to the diagnosis findings.

RIDE expects all other schools to focus to strive for continued improvement of student achievement.

Previously Identified Persistently Low Achieving Schools

In 2010 and 2011, in accordance with federal Title I Regulations, the Rhode Island Department of Education Identified schools as “Persistently Low Performing” (PLA) if they were among the lowest-achieving five percent of Title I schools in the state or were a high school that had a graduation rate of less than 60% over a three year period. 

PLA schools were required to submit school reform plans and were eligible to compete for Federal School Improvement Grant Funds (SIG 1003(g) under Federal Regulation).