Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said parents in schools receiving a low rating should seek answers into how those schools are going to improve.
Twenty-eight schools received the lowest ratings, many of them were in Providence. The education department said the rating system is designed to identify warning signs and to help schools improve. Gist said while it takes years to turn a school around, parents should be concerned about a low-performing school.
“I think what’s important for us is not to over focus on what the category is, but rather what is the plan that’s going to address what was identified as a problem,” said Gist.
Gist said some schools, like Central Falls High, made progress in the past year but stayed in a low performing category so it could continue to receive support. “They did make improvements but it’s important that they continue with that plan because it does take time,” Gist said.
Twenty-four schools earned a top rating, half of them for the first time. The rankings factor in criteria such as graduation rates and achievement gaps.
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