PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Education has classified 20 schools in 16 school districts plus four charter public schools as “commended,” the highest possible classification.
RIDE uses the Rhode Island Accountability System, which is designed to recognize outstanding performance and to provide support to low-achieving schools, to determine the classifications.
That system permits a focus on achievement gaps; identifying specific shortcomings and achievements at each school; providing each school with the specific support or intervention and the ability to select support that best meets their needs.
RIDE based the 2013 school classifications on proficiency, distinction earned, participation in state assessments and several other criteria.
Of the 279 classified schools, RIDE identified 24 schools (about 9 percent) as commended.
The 12 newly identified commended schools this year are: Anna M. McCabe School (Smithfield); Blackstone Valley Prep Elementary School (charter); Brown Avenue School (Johnston); Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School (Foster); Exeter-West Greenwich Regional High School; Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing Arts (Pawtucket); North Smithfield High School; Orchard Farms Elementary School (Cranston); Smithfield Senior High School; Stephen Olney School (North Providence); Stony Lane Elementary School (North Kingstown) and Wickford Middle School (North Kingstown). •