All told, 28 elementary, middle and high schools from Providence, Pawtucket, East Providence, Newport and Central Falls were identified as “priority” or “focus” schools – meaning they’ll have to make wide-ranging state-approved changes or opt to open under new management. Communities also have the option of closing failing schools.
“Our accountability system, which the U.S. Department of Education approved last year, provides us with a snapshot that shows where our schools excel and where our schools need resources and support,” Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said in a statement.
“We have been working hard with our lowest-achieving schools – to help diagnose their challenges, identify needs, and take the necessary steps to turn around performance. So far, we have seen some examples of progress, and we expect the pace of improvement to advance dramatically in the coming years.”