Thousands of college and university students received degrees across the state this weekend, but across the state, nearly half of Rhode Island residents do not have a bachelor’s degree. Business analysts often cite this statistic as one of the factors behind Rhode Island’s slow economic recovery.
To find out what’s behind the number, I met four Rhode Islanders who started college but never finished their degrees. They explained what got in the way of college, and what their lives have been like since leaving school.
Here’s the Rhode Island Department of Education’s newly minted tool for comparing school performance.
The website graphs both proficiency rates on annual state tests of English and Mathematics and individual score changes from one year to the next. Education officials call it “the Rhode Island Growth Model Visualization Tool.”
Starting next year, the state will start keeping track of growth data for individual teachers and classrooms.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Roger Williams University inaugurates a new president today, October 13. Donald Farish spent the last 13 years at the helm of Rowan University, a medium-sized public university in New Jersey. He holds a doctorate in Biology from Harvard University and a Law degree from the University of Missouri. Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison sat down with Farish to discuss his vision for Roger Williams.
Providence, RI – Providence residents will have the chance to weigh in tonight (Tuesday) on the proposed closures of four city schools. WRNI's Flo Jonic has a preview.
A 6 p.m. hearing at the Juanita Sanchez Educational complex in South Providence will give city residents their first chance to offer feedback on the proposed closures of four city schools. The closures are aimed at saving the cash-strapped city $12 million, which includes the salaries and benefits of 40 to 70 teachers.
Providence, R.I. – State education officials announce today how many school districts and teachers unions have signed onto their application for $75 million in federal race to the top education grants.
One of the state's two teachers unions has already endorsed the application, and several local union presidents have followed suit. They include Providence, Pawtucket and West Warwick.
Providence – Teams from the state Department of Education are meeting this week to craft Rhode Island's second attempt at the federal Race to the Top competition. To win a grant, they must have a workable plan for raising student achievement and lowering the gap between urban and suburban students.
And this time they'd like to have teachers on board - the biggest loss of points in round one came from a lack of teacher support.