U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Photo by Ralph Alswang.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he’s happy with the way Rhode Island is using its $75 million Race to the Top Grant. The state has been working on several major initiatives including annual teacher evaluations and curriculum reviews.
Duncan says his staff will sit down with state education officials next week to review their progress.
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.