NCLB STRONGER ACCOUNTABILITY
Mapping Rhode Island's Educational Progress 2008
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Every day, we learn what works so students can make greater progress. Six years after No Child Left Behind's passage – and mid-way to the nation's goal of having students on grade level or better in reading and math by 2014 – we have collected more data than ever before about the academic performance of our students and schools. This information enables all of us to chart where we are as individual states and as a nation and to map a course of action for future progress. The foundation of our success will depend on our continued commitment to the following core principles:

  • High Standards
  • Annual Assessments
  • Accountability for Results
  • Highly Qualified Teachers in Every Classroom (HQT)
  • Information and Options for Parents
  • All Children on Grade Level By 2014
Student Demographics: White 70.4%, Hispanic 17.3%, Black 8.6%, Asian/Pacific Islander 3.1%, American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2004-05 School Year

Rhode Island Students

  Rhode Island United States
Total Students 153,422 49,676,964
Low-Income Students 34.9% 40.9%
Limited English Proficient 4.9% 8.5%
Students with Disabilities 18.0% 12.0%

Source: National Center For Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2005-06 School Year

Rhode Island Schools

  Rhode Island United States
Number of Schools 338 98,905
Schools Making Adequate Yearly Progress 244 (79%) 64,546 (70%)
Schools in Need of Improvement 34 10,676
Schools in Restructuring 8 2,302

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07 & NCES CCD, 2005-06

Rhode Island Facts and Figures

Total NCLB Funding (2007): $86,451,247; a 75% increase over 2001 levels
Public AYP Release Date: May 2007
Testing System Status: Approval Expected

Rhode Island Teachers

Elementary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  98% in low poverty schools, 97.1% in high poverty schools.

Secondary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  94.5% in low poverty schools, 89.1% in high poverty schools.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Reports, 2006-07

Rhode Island's Record of Achievement

Reading Achievement for 2006-2007
  Rhode Island 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 63% 65% 31%
White 72% 75% 39%
Black 44% 40% 10%
Hispanic 38% 43% 12%
Low Income 45% 48% 14%

  Rhode Island 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 58% 69% 27%
White 67% 80% 35%
Black 35% 48% 10%
Hispanic 34% 41% 6%
Low Income 40% 51% 12%

Math Achievement for 2006-2007
  Rhode Island 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 54% 80% 34%
White 62% 86% 41%
Black 30% 59% 16%
Hispanic 33% 62% 15%
Low Income 36% 65% 18%

  Rhode Island 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 47% 65% 28%
White 56% 75% 35%
Black 24% 39% 9%
Hispanic 22% 39% 7%
Low Income 28% 45% 10%

Source: Rhode Island Testing Data and 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Data

Achievement Trends

Rhode Island Reading Achievement: In 2007 4th graders scored approximately 220, while nationally they scored approximately 220; 8th graders scored approximately 262, while nationally they scored 261.  In 2005 4th graders scored approximately 217, while nationally they scored approximately 217; 8th graders scored approximately 265, while nationally they scored 265.  In 2003 4th graders scored approximately 217, while nationally they scored approximately 217; 8th graders scored approximately 261, while nationally they scored 261.  In 2002 4th graders scored approximately 222, while nationally they scored approximately 220; 8th graders scored approximately 262, while nationally they scored 263.

Rhode Island Math Achievement: In 2007 4th graders scored approximately 239, while nationally they scored approximately 240; 8th graders scored approximately 278, while nationally they scored 280.  In 2005 4th graders scored approximately 236, while nationally they scored approximately 238; 8th graders scored approximately 275, while nationally they scored 278.  In 2003 4th graders scored approximately 234, while nationally they scored approximately 236; 8th graders scored approximately 274, while nationally they scored 276.  In 2002 4th graders scored approximately 222, while nationally they scored approximately 222; 8th graders scored approximately 268, while nationally they scored approximately 272.

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Preparing Rhode Island Students for Success

Rhode Island's high school graduation rate in 2006 was 85% The percentage of high school students who graduate as reported by the state.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07


The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate was 79.5% for Rhode Island, 75% for the nation. The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) is a reliable definition for comparing across the states the percentage of students who graduate on time.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)



High School Students Taking Advanced Placement Exams

Source: College Board

Rhode Island Nation
1,438
(14.0%)
698,182
(24.9%)

Options for Parents

  # of Eligible Rhode Island Students % of Eligible Rhode Island Students Participating % of Eligible Students Participating Nationally
Tutoring 9,833 2,384 (24.2%) 529,627 (14.5%)
Choice 16,384 51 (0.3%) 119,988 (2.2%)

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07

Flexibility Options for States - Rhode Island

Teacher Incentive Fund Not Participating
Limited English Proficient Partnership Participating
Flexibility for Students with Disabilities Not Participating
Tutoring Pilot Not Participating
Growth Model Not Participating
Districts in Need of Improvement Pilot Not Participating

 
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