PROVIDENCE – North Smithfield schools rated above average, scoring a 4 on an accountability scale released this week by the Rhode Island Department of Education, while schools in neighboring Burrillville landed roughly in the middle of the scale when compared with others statewide.
The schools were rated in categories such as social emotional learning, school safety, engagement, and student-teacher relationships, with scores ranging from 1 to 5 stars.
Statewide, RIDE rated 22 schools with 5-stars, 49 with 4-stars, 134 with 3-stars, 59 2-stars, and 35 1-star.
This is the second year of Rhode Island’s Star Rating system, developed to bring increased transparency and accessibility to school performance data under the Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal education law, according to a release from RIDE.
The data shows four Burrillville schools with a three star rating, while William Callahan Elementary received only two stars.
All four North Smithfield schools, meanwhile, scored a 4 in the rating system.
“Rhode Island’s accountability system takes a holistic look at school performance, including traditional measures like test scores and graduation rates, and also emphasizing school culture and student learning experiences. This approach holds schools accountable for a broader range of measures, and pushes all communities to focus on areas for improvement,” said Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green. “Every school and every community has work to do to improve outcomes for all students.”
The ratings list targeted areas for improvement, and at three Burrillville schools – Austin T. Levy, Burrillville High School and Callahan – RIDE points to the need to improve achievement of students with disabilities.
At Callahan, the ratings also point to achievement of economically disadvantage students, and students of two or more races.
In neighboring North Smithfield, RIDE also points to the need for improvement in achievement for students with disabilities at North Smithfield Elementary School.
Factors including graduation rates, student and teacher absenteeism, and suspension rates were used in calculating the ratings, but the primary drivers of the accountability system and the corresponding star ratings were student achievement and student growth, measured through performance on state assessments, according to RIDE.
The full data compiled by RIDE can be found here.