Providence School Dept. provides update on Turnaround Action Plan

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PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – The Providence Public School Department (PPSD) shared a report Wednesday outlining the district’s progress on their Turnaround Action Plan.

The districts says they have done the following:

  • Significantly improved the customer service experience for families
  • Created exciting new programs for student
  • Expanded professional development opportunities for educators
  • Restructured so that PPSD staff can best meet student needs.

Back in June of 2020, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) released the Turnaround Action Plan (TAP) for Providence Public Schools.

The plan came one year after the tragic report by Johns Hopkins Institute on the school district to the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education.

The report is what led to the state’s control of the district in November of 2019.

According to RIDE, TAP follows a Five-Four-Three structure:

    • Five Promises that embody the collaborative commitment to improving PPSD.
    • Four Core Values  Students First, Equity and Access, Transparency, and Results — that infuse all education work in Rhode Island.
    • Three Pillars, which are fundamental to transformation, guide the work: 
    • Engaged Communities
    • Excellence in Learning
    • World-Class Talent

A spokeswoman for the school district says in the first three months of 2021, Providence schools made significant progress toward reaching, and in some cases, already exceeded, goals that were laid out in the plan for the 2024-2025 school year.

“The District has already surpassed their goals for teacher satisfaction with professional development and reducing the number of days for procuring new technology and supplies for educators, PPSD spokeswoman Audrey Lucas said.”  “Major progress was made towards several milestones, including the course failure rate and the number of students enrolled in dual language programs.”

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