Field Memos


6-26-15 Field Memo
  1. General Assembly goes into recess without passing charter legislation; approves Fiscal Year 2016 budget
  2. Council receives final draft of 2015-2020 strategic plan
  3. Council considers revised regulations on calendar, school day 
6-5-15 Field Memo

  1. Personal note from Commissioner Gist
  2. Educator Recognition: North Smithfield reading specialist named 2016 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year
  3. Board of Education: Student Advisory Council convenes, elects officers



  • Personal note from Commissioner Gist
  • Educator Recognition: North Smithfield reading specialist named 2016 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year
  • Board of Education: Student Advisory Council convenes, elects officers
  • Personal note from Commissioner Gist
  • Educator Recognition: North Smithfield reading specialist named 2016 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year
  • Board of Education: Student Advisory Council convenes, elects officers
  • Personal note from Commissioner Gist
  • Educator Recognition: North Smithfield reading specialist named 2016 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year
  • Board of Education: Student Advisory Council convenes, elects officers
  • 5-22-15 Field Memo
    1. PARCC Governing Board votes to reduce testing time; RIDE to survey superintendents on new testing window
    2. Prototype 4 of strategic plan for public education released; RIDE seeks comments and feedback by June 1
    3. RIDE issues guidance on implementing the Statewide Bullying Policy
    5-15-15 Field Memo
    1. R.I. meets all ten benchmarks for early learning program
    2. Report finds disparity between levels of student proficiency on state assessments, NAEP
    3. Student Advisory Council to convene on June 1
    12-19-14 Field Memo
    1. Commissioner Gist: Holiday greetings, and reflections on 2014
    2. RIDE develops policy, issues statement on data privacy
    3. Governor Chafee receives report on educator autonomy 
    12-5-14 Field Memo
    1. RIDE prepares to release 2014 NECAP Science results
    2. Rhode Islanders encouraged to participate in survey on public education 
    3. Rhode Island Growth Model reports for individual educators available Wednesday
    10-24-14 Field Memo
    1. Crisis-management support services available to schools in the event of threat to school safety or threatening incident
    2. RIDE to release 2nd annual report on educator evaluations 
    3. Reminder: RIDE seeks Presidential Scholar nominees by November 12 – Action Item 
    10-10-14 Field Memo
    1. School, district leaders commended for response to threats made against schoolchildren  
    2. AP participation, results improve; SAT scores rise in reading, mathematics
    3. 2014 NECAP Science results remain under review
    8-15-14 Field Memo
    1. RIDE, The Learning Accelerator partnership draws national attention to blended learning in Rhode Island
    2. RIDE receives grant to expand participation in AP Exams
    3. U.S. Department of Education issues information on school enrollment and immigrant children
    8-1-14 Field Memo
    1. Blog post offers suggestions on teaching standards “without becoming standardized”
    2. Newly constituted Board of Education to hold its first meeting Monday
    3. U.S. Department of Education recognizes Rhode Island partnership between libraries, adult education

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