RIDE releases ‘groundbreaking plan’ aimed at transforming Providence schools

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – The Rhode Island Department of Education released its long-awaited Turnaround Action Plan (TAP) for Providence schools on Tuesday.

According to RIDE, this is a five-year roadmap that will pay careful attention to working with families, school leaders, support staff, and the community to create a system that will help every student succeed.

The new plan comes one year after the tragic report presented by the Johns Hopkins Institute on the Providence Public School District (PPSD) 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.

“This is a day for celebration, a day that would not be possible without the parents, students, educators, and community groups who have been committed from the start and worked with us on this plan – our plan – for change,” said Commissioner Infante-Green.

When the transformation is complete, Providence students will attend schools that treat them with respect and dignity, educate them with rigor and depth, and prepare them to succeed in whatever path they choose after graduation, she continued.” 

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

TAP hopes to increase the baseline percentage of students who feel a sense of belonging from 40%-80%, as well as raise the percentage of students with a 90% attendance rate from 62.7% to 90%.

Some other goals noted in TAP are:

  • Increase the percentage of students meeting and exceeding expectations on the ELA and Math SATs
  • Increase the percentage of 9th graders who are on track for postsecondary success
  • Increase the number of students who graduate within 4 years
  • Increase the percentage of educators of color in the workforce
  • Increase the percentage of PPSD students who graduate with AP credit or a CTE credential.

The full plan can be read here.

“This plan is a bold, public promise to the students and families of Providence to build a world-class school system for our city,” said Superintendent Peters.

“We will work tirelessly to deliver on the targets and timelines in this plan. Our entire PPSD team – school leaders, teachers, and support staff – will work with focus and discipline to turn this promise into reality for the students who attend our schools”, he continued.

A public review of the plan’s progress will be presented two times a year.

The plan will also be internally reviewed and graded on an annual basis.

Those looking to get involved are encouraged to visit www.4PVDKids.com.

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