NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Thirty-two Rhode Island schools, or 12 percent, have received the state's lowest ratings in an evaluation of their performance, meaning they are designated for state intervention.
Twenty-one public schools were designated as "Priority" and 11 as "Focus" in classifications released Monday by the state Department of Education. Overall, RIDE rated 277 schools this year.
All of those designated as such have to come up with improvement plans that are subject to Education Commissioner Deborah Gist's approval.
Last year, 10 percent of schools got the lowest ratings.
Thirty schools, or about 11 percent, were given the top ranking this year, up from 9 percent.
The department's classifications are based on factors including student proficiency, progress meeting 2017 targets, graduation rates and closing the achievement gap.