Basic Education Program

The Basic Education Program (BEP) is the overarching set of regulations for the Rhode Island public education system. Together with other federal and state laws and regulations, the BEP outlines the rights of every student in the Rhode Island public education system. It sets basic standards to help ensure that high‐quality education is available to all public school students, regardless of where they live or go to school.

"Every public school student will have equal access to a high quality, rigorous, and equitable array of educational opportunities from PK‐12." - Basic Education Program, p. 3

Download the BEP [PDF, 686KB].

Learn More About the BEP

The BEP was revised in 2009 to reflect 21st century knowledge and skills. It is based on the idea that an aligned and cohesive education system is required to ensure that all Rhode Island students are adequately prepared for life beyond high school.

Expectations of Districts

Every district, or “Local Education Agency” (LEA), must:

  • provide a basic level of academic and support programs that meet BEP standards;
  • show a commitment to continuous improvement; 
  • dedicate sufficient resources to these efforts; and
  • ensure equal access to required services for each student.

Organization of the BEP

The document is organized by:
  • RI Board of Regents Expectations for a statewide education system, for the Rhode Island Department of Education, and for Local Education Agencies (LEAs);
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment;
  • Safe, Healthy and Supportive Learning Environment; and
  • Administration, Management and Accountability of the Local Education Agency

Measuring the BEP

The Basic Education Program is designed to be measurable – to make sure that the law is being met at the local level and to make sure that equal educational opportunity is being provided.

It provides a framework within which a decision can be made about whether a school district is offering its students a basic education program, including academic and support programs. There are standards for each topic and companion indicators which will tell educators, decision makers, and others whether that component is present.