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  • 10 May 2020 11:49 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    URI is launching a cohort to train administrators in MLL Education. Attached is information about the program, and here is the link to our press release that includes further details: 

    We are starting information sessions on Wednesday, May 13. There is a link in the press release above to sign up for an info. session.

    MLL Admin Cohort Info Sheet.pdf

  • 14 Feb 2020 3:51 PM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    The Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association (RISSA)

    13th annual Paul W. Crowley Award is awarded to Senator Hanna M. Gallo, who

    represents District 27, which includes portions of Cranston and West Warwick, in the

    Rhode Island Senate.

    First elected in 1998, Senator Gallo has served as Chairwoman of the Senate

    Committee on Education since 2009, and previously served as that committee’s vice

    chairwoman. She is also a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce.

    The award presentation will take place in the State Room at the Rhode Island State

    House in Providence on Wednesday March 4, 2020, at 3 p.m.


    The PAUL CROWLEY AWARD is given each year by the Rhode Island School

    Superintendents’ Association to a Rhode Island citizen or organization who, in his or her

    professional and personal capacity, has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to

    improving the quality of education for the children of Rhode Island, as did the Honorable

    Paul Crowley throughout his career as a state representative from Newport. A $1,000

    scholarship in Rep. Crowley’s name will also be awarded to a deserving senior planning

    a career in education and graduating from a Rhode Island public high school.

    Senator Gallo co-chaired the Joint Legislative Committee to Establish a Permanent

    Education Foundation Aid Formula, which she helped to establish through her

    sponsorship of the Education Equity and Property Tax Relief Act. The Commission

    made recommendations to establish a fair, student-based funding formula for state aid

    to education in Rhode Island. Senator Gallo subsequently championed the education

    formula, winning enactment of this landmark legislation into law. It has been fully

    funded each year since.

    Senator Gallo has been instrumental in numerous education initiatives, including

    sweeping education reforms enacted in 2019 that put in place curricula aligned with

    high standards and improved accountability and governance. She led the charge for

    funding of full-day kindergarten statewide, enacted in 2015. Senator Gallo has also

    been an advocate for pre-school experience children and continues in that regard. She

    was an early supporter of the state’s successful application for a federal Race to the

    Top grant and sponsored formal Resolutions which won General Assembly approval to

    declare the Legislature’s support for the state’s effort. She joined the Governor,

    President of the Senate and Speaker of the House in traveling to Washington, D.C. to

    show the unified and strong state support for the effort.


    “Representative Crowley’s tireless commitment to public education is well known in

    Rhode Island, and it is an incredible honor to receive this award in his name,” said

    Senator Gallo. “It has been my distinct privilege to serve Rhode Island schools, and

    especially our educators and students. RISSA has been and continues to be a

    valuable partner in this work, and I’m grateful to the RI Superintendents for this


    Sen. Gallo has been instrumental in passage of numerous laws to improve education in

    Rhode Island, from ensuring quality afterschool care is available for elementary and

    secondary students to providing more accurate tracking of high school graduation rates,

    and from the creation of a new “bachelor’s degree in three” program at state institutions

    of higher learning to ensuring that teachers receive the best training at the college level.

    Senator Gallo previously served as Co-Chairwoman of the Rhode Island Permanent

    Commission on Civic Education. Through this commission, she established an annual

    Civic Education Day and hosted a Civic Education Summit. An essay contest for

    elementary and secondary schoolchildren was created to foster civic understanding and

    engagement. Various ad hoc committees were established to promote civic education,

    including a Joint Youth/Legislative Advisory Council.

    Senator Gallo was the primary sponsor of the law requiring development of a civics

    education curriculum to be used in Rhode Island schools.

    A Graduate of Saint Mary’s Visitation High School, Senator Gallo began her post-

    secondary education at the Community College of Rhode Island, earning degrees in

    1976and 1981. CCRI honored Senator Gallo in 2011 at its Society of Knights

    Outstanding Alumni Awards, which recognizes alumni who have attained personal and

    professional success, volunteer service to the college community, and brought honor

    upon themselves and the CCRI.

    Senator Gallo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communicative disorders from

    the University of Rhode Island in 1995, and a Master of Science degree in speech

    language from the URI in 1997.

    She is currently a speech language pathologist for the Cranston School Department.

    Senator Gallo resides in Cranston with her husband, Russell. They have two children,

    Julie and Laura.

    The Paul W. Crowley Award will be presented by RISSA President Karen Tarasevich,

    Superintendent of the West Warwick Public Schools, and Thomas

    DiPaola, Ph.D., RISSA Executive Director.

  • 13 Feb 2020 1:58 PM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    The RI Foundation provides this completed report from the Long-Term Education Planning committee. The Committee solicited ideas and feedback from people across RI and incorporated them into the final report: 

    Chart a Course, Stay the Course: Rhode Island's Path to a World Class Public Education System

    Rhode Island Foundation, One Union Station, Providence, RI 02903

  • 17 Jan 2020 10:27 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    Your Image HereNew England League of Middle Schools

    39th Annual Middle Level Conference

    March 9 & 10, 2020

    Everything is in place for the New England League of Middle Schools 39th Annual Conference this March 9 & 10 at theRhode Island Convention Center in Providence. It’s going to be an incredible two days of learning, sharing, and laughing.
    The theme for the conference is “Inspire, Connect, Shine” and we are fortunate to have three outstanding keynoters, AJ Juiliani, co-author of the book Empower; middle level expert and humorist, Jack Berckemeyer; and inspirational speaker Scarlett Lewis.  There will be more than 90 concurrent sessions covering all contents and topics facilitated by your middle school colleagues. This is the best in middle level professional development.

    The New England League of Middle Schools, through the generosity and support of the Brown Foundation, can provide assistance to schools experiencing financial challenges. This assistant may include school membership, conference registration and lodging for eligible schools. Eligibility is based on need. The deadline for applications is Friday, January 31, 2020. 


    For additional information, feel free to contact Karin Wilmarth at or by calling 978-557-9311
    Looking forward to seeing you in Providence this March.
    » For more information regarding the conference go to:

  • 22 Oct 2019 11:41 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    Use this link to access data:

    Rhode Island Assessment Data Portal

    RICAS Results Underscore Need to

    Stay the Course in Education

    Rhode Island Sees Expected Bump in Second Year of Administration


    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) todayreleased results of the 2018-2019 administration of the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS). Statewide, 38 percent of students in grades 3 through 8 met or exceeded expectations in English language arts (ELA), as did 30 percent in mathematics.


    These results represent an increase of 4 and 3 percentage points, respectively, but RIDE cautioned that a spike is a common trend in the second year of administration of a new assessment as students and teachers become accustomed to the test style and format. When Rhode Island first adopted the PARCC exam, the state saw increases of 3 and 5 percentage points in ELA and mathematics.


    “These results are moving in the right direction, but it is too early to determine a consistent trend. What is clear is that much more needs to be done to bring Rhode Island performance where it needs to be,” said Angélica Infante-Green, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, who pointed out that Rhode Island still lags behind Massachusetts by 14 percentage points in ELA and 19 percentage points in math. “We have high standards, a strong assessment, and a lot of great work happening in our schools. Now it’s time to stay the course and double down on the things that will move us forward, faster, in order to improve outcomes for students.”


    “We adopted the RICAS because Massachusetts is a trusted partner, and if we want to be a national leader in education, it’s the right comparison to make,” said Barbara S. Cottam, Chair of the Rhode Island Board of Education. “As we complete a second year of testing, we are reminded of how much work we have to do, but incredible possibilities lie ahead if we all follow through on this long-term vision for education. Our students and families deserve nothing less.”


    Rhode Island continues to face significant equity gaps, as well. On both ELA and math, differently abled and multilingual learners are performing at single-digit proficiency levels.


    “Calling out these achievement gaps is so important. We need to name equity gaps, talk about them, and establish intentional strategies to better serve all students. All means all, and we cannot effectively serve all students by doing more of the same,” Infante-Green added.


    As part of the release, RIDE also shared with school communities their results for ACCESS and Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM), assessments given specifically to multilingual learners and students with significant cognitive differences. On ACCESS, Rhode Island saw nearly single digit proficiency across the board. On DLM, 24 percent of students tested met their target in ELA, 12 percent in math, and 16 percent in science. More detailed results can be viewed in a presentation given this week to LEA leaders.


    With PSAT/SAT and RICAS results complete, RIDE will begin preparing for the release of 2019 accountability results. The accountability release is expected by the end of November.

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