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The Diploma System:
The Board of Regents 2011 Secondary Regulations set the framework for implementing the RI Diploma System. These regulations require all school districts to develop and implement a comprehensive secondary diploma system for middle and high schools that includes: student and teacher supports, local aligned policies, multiple learning opportunities for all students, multiple measures for determining graduation readiness, and a process for RIDE to review the quality of those systems.
* In July 2014, it became RI law to postpone the use of state assessments as a component of the RI Diploma System. The existing Secondary Regulations and guidance are currently under revision.
Graduation requirements are set at a level to provide students the skills and knowledge to successfully enter and complete a rigorous post-secondary academic or technical program, join the military, and/or obtain a job that leads to a rewarding and viable career. The RI Board of Regents through the Secondary Regulations set the minimum requirements for earning a RI high school diploma including:
Districts may include additional expectations or requirements such as additional coursework requirements, a level of proficiency on the state assessments or community service learning.
Districts are required to communicate specific graduation expectations to families and students prior to the start of the ninth grade.
Diploma System - All Students Ready for College, Careers, and Success in Life
The resources below provide information about the requirements for earning a high school diploma and what you need to do to meet those requirements.
Students must be provided with appropriate supports necessary for him or her to successfully meet the graduation requirements. Supports may be district or school-wide, such as Response to Intervention (RtI), or individualized, such as the Individual Learning Plan or Progress Plan.
Performance assessments (Diploma Assessments) include student portfolios, exhibitions and comprehensive course assessments. Students are required to complete the two Diploma Assessments chosen by the district or school. Tasks and similar applied learning assessments may be collected in student portfolios, required as part of comprehensive course assessments and are a central component of student exhibitions.
RI law, effective on July 1, 2011, changed the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18 years of age. The RI Compulsory Attendance Law, RIGL 16-19-1, responds to the number of students who, despite district/school efforts to engage them and provide them with a variety of learning opportunities and supports, are at great risk of dropping out of school. This statute allows a student, age 16 or older, who has an alternative learning plan to be waived from attending school. One of the requirements for making this available to students is that the school must communicate with the student and parent/family to develop an alternative plan that includes learning and/or training opportunities that provides the student an opportunity earn a high school diploma, its equivalent, or another credential.
School counselors play a key role in supporting students in accessing pathways and learning opportunities that help students to meet their personal, social, academic and career goals.
Comprehensive School Counseling
Comprehensive School Counseling
The student individual learning plan (ILP) is a communication and planning document that supports students in goal setting and reflection. The ILP is used by advisers and school counselors to support students with appropriate interventions, learning opportunities and other activities to help them meet their personal / social, academic and career goals.
A Personal Literacy Plan (PLP) is a plan of action used to accelerate a student’s learning in order to move toward grade level reading proficiency.
An individual progress plan must be provided for each student who received a level 1 (substantially below proficiency) on either the reading or mathematics NECAP assessment. The progress plan should detail the responsibilities of the school, expectations for the student, and include the parent in the communication of the plan for the student. Schools must provide an opportunity for families/parents and student to meet and discuss the progress plan. School representatives, the student and parent/guardian must sign the plan indicating that they understand and support the planned interventions. See guidelines for details.
The EWS can be accessed by educators through RIDEmap.
What is an early warning system?
Rhode Island EWS Guide [PDF, 810KB]
Accessing the EWS [PDF, 357KB]
EWS Statistical Modeling Report [PDF, 3973KB]
The Rhode Island Alternate Assessment (RIAA) is the state assessment for a small number of students who cannot participate in large-scale assessments even with accommodations. In partnership with other adult service agencies, RIDE developed stackable, portable and recognized certificates that all students may earn.
Regulations and best practice require district and school educators to communicate with families/ parents and students about graduation requirements, student progress toward those requirements, and the school level supports provided for students to graduate. Below are materials that schools may use to facilitate communication.
Documents on this site require the use of the following programs:
DOC - Microsoft Word
PDF - Acrobat Reader
PPT - Microsoft PowerPoint
XLS - Microsoft Excel
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