Field Memos


8-14-15 Field Memo
  1. PARCC Governing Board considering standard-setting, timeline for results release 
  2. Council considers final draft of 2015-2020 Strategic Plan 
  3. Governor Raimondo launches School Building Authority 
7-17-15 Field Memo
  1. Council, Board appoint Ken Wagner as next Education Commissioner
  2. U.S. Department of Education finds R.I. “meets requirements” of federal law on education of students with disabilities
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 
6-29-15 Field Memo
  1. RIDE, PARCC states prepare for communications regarding assessment results
  2. Council to consider revised regulations on length of school day
  3. Schools must be closed on Monday, July 6, in observance of Independence 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
  • 5-15-15 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
    5-1-15 Field Memo

    1. Board approves dual-enrollment regulations requiring local policies by June 30; webinars scheduled – Action Item
    2. RIDE seeking public comment on proposed revisions to accountability, classification, support system
    3. RIDE helps launch Summer Meals campaign; LEAs asked to designate Summer Meals liaison to work with RIDE coordinator

  • Board approves dual-enrollment regulations requiring local policies by June 30; webinars scheduled – Action Item
  • RIDE seeking public comment on proposed revisions to accountability, classification, support system
  • RIDE helps launch Summer Meals campaign; LEAs asked to designate Summer Meals liaison to work with RIDE coordinator
  • Board approves dual-enrollment regulations requiring local policies by June 30; webinars scheduled – Action Item
  • RIDE seeking public comment on proposed revisions to accountability, classification, support system
  • RIDE helps launch Summer Meals campaign; LEAs asked to designate Summer Meals liaison to work with RIDE coordinator
  • Board approves dual-enrollment regulations requiring local policies by June 30; webinars scheduled – Action Item
  • RIDE seeking public comment on proposed revisions to accountability, classification, support system
  • RIDE helps launch Summer Meals campaign; LEAs asked to designate Summer Meals liaison to work with RIDE coordinator
  • 3-20-15 Field Memo
    1. PARCC assessments begin in Rhode Island; 23,700 tests completed to date
    2. AP participation, success rates continue to rise in R.I.; three R.I. districts named to AP Honor Roll 
    3. Reminder: Design team seeks feedback by Wednesday on second prototype of strategic plan for education 
    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 
    10-31-14 Field Memo
    1. Board of Education, Education Council, RIDE launch development of next strategic plan for education
    2. President Obama addresses issues of workforce, education
    3. Council to consider endorsing standards on personal finance

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