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Mayor Taveras, Commissioner Gist honor Providence schools

6 schools recognized for increased participation in SurveyWorks

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist presented awards to five Providence schools and one Providence-based charter public school today (June 12, 2013), in recognition of their increased participation in the SurveyWorks program.

The R.I. Department of Education (RIDE) surveys students, parents, teachers, and staff members annually through the SurveyWorks program. This year, RIDE is recognizing schools that met or exceeded their participation-rate goals on the student survey or dramatically improved the participation rate on the parent survey. 

“Students, classroom educators, and parents offer valuable insights and information about strides we are making to improve public education in Rhode Island and what can be improved upon to better educate our children,” said Mayor Angel Taveras. “Today we recognize six Providence schools for their successful efforts to increase student participation and parent engagement in the SurveyWorks program.”

“To help us make our schools great places for teaching and learning, it’s important that we listen to the voices of students, parents, teachers, and staff members,” said Deborah A. Gist, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. “We use the information we get from SurveyWorks to help us plan how to make every school a place where teachers enjoy teaching and students enjoy learning. I am grateful that these schools in Providence have worked hard to improve the SurveyWorks participation rates.” 

“We as a district are focusing on making decisions based on data,” said Superintendent Dr. Susan Lusi. “I commend these schools for the time and effort that they put into improving the results we get from the SurveyWorks tool. More and better data helps us to make the best decisions for our students.”

The Providence and Providence-based schools honored today are:

For meeting or exceeding goals on all three surveys:
  • Charlotte Woods Elementary School
  • Leviton Dual Language School
  • Nathan Bishop Middle School
  • Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter High School
For dramatically improving parent participation:
  • Frank D. Spaziano Elementary School
  • George J. West Elementary School 
Statewide, 19 schools will receive recognitions. The other schools to be honored are:

  • Ashaway Elementary School (Chariho)
  • Blackstone Academy Charter School 
  • Cottrell F. Hoxsie School (Warwick)
  • Daniel D. Waterman School (Cranston)
  • Edward S. Rhodes School (Cranston)
  • Glen Hills Elementary School (Cranston)
  • Hope Valley Elementary School (Chariho)
  • Jamestown School-Melrose 
  • Agnes E. Little School (Pawtucket)
  • M. Virginia Cunningham Middle School (Pawtucket)
  • North Smithfield High School
  • Dr. M.H. Sullivan School (Newport)
  • Wyman School (Warwick)
RIDE posts reports on the SurveyWorks results on the InfoWorks website.  RIDE intends to post the 2012-13 SurveyWorks information by the end of the month.