Field Memos


4-10-15 Field Memo
  1. RIDE testifies on bills on parental refusal, financial literacy, proficiency-based learning, other educational matters
3-27-15 Field Memo
  1. Senate confirms Barbara Cottam as Board Chair 
  2. RIDE proposes revisions to accountability system; will submit proposals to U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday 
3-13-15 Field Memo
  1. Governor Raimondo’s Budget: full funding for education aid; funds for early learning, school construction, dual enrollment
  2. Design team seeks feedback on 2nd prototype of strategic plan for education
  3. R.I. PARCC assessments to begin Monday (March 16)
3-6-15 Field Memo
  1. PARCC assessments will help us see if we’re making progress 
  2. Two-hour delays permitted during inclement weather
  3. Governor Raimondo announces “Governor for a Day” essay contest
2-27-15 Field Memo
  1. Rhode Island outlines progress toward transforming education in final Race to the Top report 
  2. Rhode Island ranked first in country on teacher-preparation program policies 
  3. PARCC assessments: We expect all students to participate
2-20-15 Field Memo
  1. PARCC testing begins in some partner states, R.I. to begin March 16
  2. First edition of Rhode Island Blended Chronicle available
  3. High schools to hold elections for student advisory council
1-30-15 Field Memo
  1. Graduation rates improve, dropout rates decline 
  2. School leaders, teachers encouraged to communicate with parents who express concerns about PARCC
1-16-15 Field Memo
  1. RIDE, RISSA leadership develop message points on PARCC assessments and parental refusal 
  2. Taskforce on teacher absenteeism to convene
  3. Rhode Island to be host to regional technology summit April 21 and 22
1-2-15 Field Memo
  1. Commissioner Gist highlights initiatives, prospects for 2015
  2. U.S. Department of Education issues state reports on educator equity
  3. Johnston man advocates for better access to public facilities for those with disabilities 
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