Evaluation of Rhode Island school district websites

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Sunshine Review contributors conducted a study of Rhode Island school district websites from 2010 to 2013.

They researched to determine what type of information is available to the general public on these websites. The following page provides a snapshot of what they learned in the course of this research.

Reading the chart

600px-Yes check.png means that information is included on the school district website

600px-Red x.png

means that the information was not provided on the school district website
P
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means that information was partially provided on the school district website

Conclusions chart

2012

In July of 2012, Sunshine Review evaluated the 10 largest school districts: Providence School District, Warwick School District, Cranston School District, Pawtucket School District, Woonsocket School District, East Providence School District, Coventry School District, Cumberland School District, North Kingstown School District, and South Kingstown School District. These districts averaged a 'D+' website transparency score.

Taxes? Budget? Meetings? Elected officials? Admin. Officials? Contracts? Audits? Public records? Academics? Background checks?
Y
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0 7 10 10 9 0 0 1 5 5
P
Partial.png
1 1 0 0 0 7 1 0 1 1
N
600px-Red x.png
9 2 0 0 1 3 9 9 4 4

2010

In 2010, all of Rhode Island's school districts were evaluated and scored a 'D' transparency grade for school district websites. These results are detailed in the conclusion chart below.

Taxes? Budget? Meetings? Elected officials? Admin. Officials? Contracts? Audits? Public records? Academics? Background checks?
Y
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0 19 26 27 26 0 2 2 9 6
P
Partial.png
0 4 7 6 4 11 1 0 3 4
N
600px-Red x.png
33 10 0 0 3 22 30 31 21 23
No Website 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Correcting errors

If you discover an error in one of the above charts or on a school district page, please report the error to the school board elections project.