School Choice Score: 0%
Rhode Island’s cap of 1.5 million in available funding drastically limits the ability for this program to be effective. That said the regulations on the program are minimal providing maximum flexibility to the 500 students who are taking advantage of this program
- Source: EdChoice
Charter Schools Score: 62%
Rhode Island’s charter law allows for the state charter school board to authorize up to 30 charter schools state wide. This limitation on the number of charter schools has essentially stopped all charter school growth since the state is up against the cap. Without new schools the demand for charter schools continues to grow but the supply cannot meet that demand.
Online Learning Score: 75%
Two blended learning charters opened their doors in September 2013 and districts began receiving grants from the Wireless Classroom Initiative, providing $20 million to expand wireless access to classrooms. Rhode Island requires student performance data be used to evaluate the effectiveness of teachers.
Teacher Quality Score: 82%
Objective measures of student data make up 30% of all Rhode Island Teacher Evaluations. Teacher ineffectiveness is not grounds for dismissal. Classroom performance is not a significant factor in making tenure decisions. Effective teachers are ineligible for performance related pay.
- Source: State Teacher Policy Yearbook