Rhode Island school districts
|K-12 Education in Rhode Island|
|State Superintendent: Deborah Gist|
|Number of students: 142,854|
|Number of teachers: 11,414|
|Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:12.5|
|Number of school districts: 54|
|Number of schools: 308|
|Graduation rate: 77%|
|Per-pupil spending: $13,815|
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Public education in Rhode Island
Glossary of education terms
- 1 Quick facts
- 2 In the news
- 3 State law
- 4 School board elections
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 References
Rhode Island is home to 54 school districts, 303 schools and 142,854 K-12 students.
State school administrators
- State Board of Education
- Eva-Marie Mancuso, Chair
- Dr. Antonio Barajas
- Michael Bernstein
- Colleen A. Callahan
- Dennis J. Duffy
- Karin Forbes
- Jo Eva Gaines
- Patrick A. Guida
- William Maaia
- Lawrence Purtill
- Mathies Santos
|Enrollment, 2011-2012||Per-pupil spending, 2011-2012|
|1.) Providence Public Schools||1.) New Shoreham School District|
|2.) Cranston Public Schools||2.) Jamestown School District|
|3.) Warwick Public Schools||3.) Little Compton School District|
|4.) Pawtucket School District||4.) Newport School District|
|5.) Woonsocket School District||5.) Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District|
|6.) East Providence School District||6.) Narragansett School District|
|7.) Coventry School District||7.) Central Falls School District|
|8.) Cumberland School District||8.) Westerly School District|
|9.) North Kingstown School District||9.) South Kingstown School District|
|10.) Bristol Warren Regional School District||10.) Johnston School District|
The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Rhode Island as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.
|Demographic information for Rhode Island's K-12 public school system|
|Ethnicity||Students||State Percentage||United States Percentage**|
|Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. students||216||0.15%||0.42%|
|Two or more||3,789||2.65%||2.54%|
|**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.|
In the news
Struggling schools in state's annual education report
The Rhode Island Department of Education published a report in June 2014 that concluded 31 percent of the state's public schools fell into the bottom half of performance categories. The state uses six categories when evaluating the overall success of schools including commended, leading, typical, warning, focus and priority. Fifty-five schools were identified in the warning category following the 2013-2014 school year compared to 38 schools in 2013. A school identified in the warning category must develop an improvement plan to avoid state oversight. Providence Public Schools runs 22 schools identified as focus or priority schools in the 2014 report with the remainder located in Central Falls, East Providence and Pawtucket. These schools are eligible for federal grants to improve academic performance and meet improvement plans. By contrast, the state education report found 30 schools qualified for commended status including six schools that have achieved this level since 2011.
Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted the standards on July 1, 2010. Full implementation took place during the 2013-2014 academic year.
School board composition
Rhode Island school board members are generally elected by residents of the school district, although some school board members are appointed to school committees by mayors and city councils. School board elections typically select board members on an at-large basis, allowing all residents living in the school district to vote for any board candidates on the ballot.
School boards can consists of five, seven or nine members. Board members serve four-year terms, which are often staggered every two years.
Rhode Island contains several types of school districts. The most prevalent are regular school districts, which provide K-12 courses in a single municipality. Regional school districts operate K-12 schools across multiple municipalities. Rhode Island also contains state-operated schools, which operate branches throughout the state.
Rhode Island does not impose statewide term limits on school board members. However, terms limits on school board members can still be imposed on the local level.
School board elections
A total of two Rhode Island school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment held elections in 2014 for 10 seats. Each district held elections on November 4, 2014.
Here are several quick facts about Rhode Island's school board elections in 2014:
- The largest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Cranston Public Schools with 10,653 K-12 students.
- The smallest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Warwick Public Schools with 10,174 K-12 students.
- Cranston Public Schools had the most seats on the ballot in 2014 with seven seats up for election.
- Warwick Public Schools had the fewest seats on the ballot in 2014 with three seats up for election.
The districts listed below served 20,827 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.
|2014 Rhode Island School Board Elections|
|District||Date||Seats up for election||Total board seats||Student enrollment|
|Cranston Public Schools||11/4/2014||7||7||10,653|
|Warwick Public Schools||11/4/2014||3||5||10,174|
Path to the ballot
To qualify for the ballot as a school board candidate in Rhode Island, a person must be:
- 18 years of age or older
- A resident of the school district at the time of the election
Candidates file their Declarations of Candidacy with the local board of canvassers. Each candidate must also file nomination papers with a minimum number of valid signatures as determined by the local board.
State law requires school board candidates to file campaign finance reports with the Rhode Island State Board of Elections. Two reports are required prior to primary elections and general elections and candidates also file one post-election report per election.
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- Rhode Island Secretary of State
- Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Rhode Island Association of School Committees
- National Education Association - Rhode Island
- Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals
- National Center for Education Statistics school district search tool
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
- ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
- United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
- United States Department of Education, "2012 EDFacts State Profile," accessed August 13, 2013
- Rhode Island Department of Education, "Board Members," accessed June 13, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed July 11, 2014
- Rhode Island Department of Education, "Infoworks," accessed July 11, 2014
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
- WPRI, "Report: 31% of RI schools need improvement plans," June 9, 2014
- Common Core State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State," accessed June 12, 2014
- Rhode Island Department of Education, "Instruction and Assessment," accessed June 17, 2014
- Rhode Island Association of School Committees, "Guidelines for School Committee Members," accessed July 10, 2014
- Rhode Island Department of Education, "School Districts," accessed July 10, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
- Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Rhode Island How to Run for Office 2014," accessed July 9, 2014
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