How the state spent $335,500 in Race to the Top funds

May 15, 2012

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.

High Schools are not part of the new online tool because students only take state assessments in 11th grade. Education officials say that makes it  impossible to compare individual performance from one year to the next. There’s a chance high schools could be added to the growth measure when the state switches over to a new testing system in 2014.

RIDE spent $335,500 from its $75 million federal Race to the Top grant to develop the growth model tool. What do you think?