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RIDE Recognizes 28 Commended Schools

Transition Begins to New System of Accountability under ESSA

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – As the state prepares to shift to a new system of school accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) today released 2017 School Report Cards and recognized 28 commended schools. Schools classified as commended are the highest performing schools in the state, representing strong performance across metrics.

“I want to congratulate our 28 commended schools, whose performance, growth, and commitment to excellence represent the success we want to replicate in every school, for every student,” said Ken Wagner, Commissioner of Education. “We now look ahead to implementation of a new system of school accountability, which I believe will help us to better identify and support struggling schools, and to communicate with families about what performance outcomes and school culture and climate indicators mean for their children and for their communities.”

The 28 commended schools represent an improvement compared to last year, when 22 schools earned the classification. Nine schools have achieved commended status for three consecutive years.



Barrington Nayatt School
Barrington Hampden Meadows School
Barrington Barrington Middle School**
Barrington Barrington High School
Barrington Sowams Elementary School
Bristol Warren Rockwell School**
Chariho Richmond Elementary School
Chariho Hope Valley Elementary School**
Chariho Chariho Regional High School
Chariho Charlestown Elementary School
Coventry Western Coventry School
Cranston Orchard Farms Elementary School
Cumberland Community School
East Greenwich Archie R. Cole Middle School**
East Greenwich East Greenwich High School
Jamestown Jamestown School – Melrose**
Jamestown Jamestown School – Lawn
Johnston Brown Avenue School**
North Kingstown Wickford Middle School
North Kingstown Hamilton Elementary School
North Smithfield North Smithfield High School
Providence Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy
Providence Classical High School
Saunderstown Kingston Hill Academy
Scituate Clayville Elementary School
South Kingstown Peace Dale Elementary School**
South Kingstown The Compass School
Tiverton Fort Barton School**

** School was recognized as commended in 2015, 2016, and 2017

RIDE has historically classified schools by using a Composite Index Score, or CIS, that is based on two common measures: student proficiency in ELA and mathematics, and performance gaps for ELA and mathematics. A third measure differs by grade level, using either student growth in ELA and mathematics at the elementary and middle levels, or high school graduation rate at the high school level.

This round of classifications represents a transition for schools, however, as Rhode Island awaits approval of its ESSA State Plan submitted in September. Under ESSA, the statewide accountability system is expanding to include additional performance and school climate measures, including chronic absenteeism and suspension rates. School Report Cards will continue to be posted publicly, and RIDE has plans in the future to provide for parents and families, among others, the ability to review all school data – including accountability measures and SurveyWorks results – in a single, accessible web portal.

In addition to the accountability transition, Rhode Island will also shift to a new system of student assessments this year. In spring 2018, students will be assessed using the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System in grades 3 through 8, the PSAT in grade 10, and the SAT in grade 11. As this transition takes place, RIDE this year identified no new focus or priority schools, classifications designated for the historically lowest performing schools in the state. Full school report cards can be viewed on RIDE’s website.