Achievement (an accountability metric)
The achievement metric for accountability is based on performance (how well students do on assessment tests) and participation on assessment tests.
States are required to have a system of accountability that evaluates and publicly reports on school performance. Rhode Island’s accountability system features a Star Rating for every public school, which factors in a broader set of measures than ever before. Learn more about Rhode Island’s school accountability measures and how they’re calculated with these short videos.
adjusted cohort graduation rate (ACGR)
The ACGR is calculated in this way: Count the number of students who graduated from high school within 4 years with a high school diploma or equivalent. Then, divide that by the number of students who formed the adjusted cohort for the graduating class.
base graduation rate
The base graduation rate is the 4-year graduation rate.
A building level administrator is any individual responsible for the administration of a PK-12 school, including principals, assistant principals, and charter school chief administrators.
Rhode Island's charter schools are public schools authorized by the State of Rhode Island to operate independently from many state and local district rules and regulations. Each charter school is able to establish educational strategies that meet the specific student achievement goals and objectives outlined in each school's charter.
chronic absenteeism (student and teacher)
Student and teacher chronic absenteeism are defined as missing 18 days of school per academic year (10% of days or more).
On this site, the term “cohort” means the following: the number of students who enter grade 9 for the first time, plus students who transfer in later during grades 9 to 12, and minus students who transfer out or discontinue.
DLM (Dynamic Learning Maps)
Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) is an alternate assessment test. The alternate assessments are designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The structure of the alternate assessments are designed around the students’ physical and cognitive disabilities in a way that allows them to answer test questions and participate in the test as independently as possible.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a US law passed in December 2015 that governs the United States K–12 public education policy. The law replaced its predecessor (the No Child Left Behind Act, or NCLB) and modified – but did not eliminate – provisions relating to the periodic standardized tests given to students.
inexperienced building administrator
Any school administrator who has 0 to 3 years of experience as a building administrator in a public school.
Any teacher who has 0 to 3 years of experience with teaching in a public school.
There are 66 public Local Education Agencies (LEAs) or districts in Rhode Island. These include: 32 regular school districts (single municipalities), 4 regional school districts (more than one municipality), 4 state-operated schools (statewide), 1 regional collaborative LEA, and 25 charter schools.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is often called “the gold standard” of educational testing in the United States. The NAEP exams for math and reading happen every two years and are given to students in grades 4, 8, and 12. Less often, the NAEP tests other academic subjects, including science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history. NAEP exams in foreign language and world history are under development. Not every child is tested; the NAEP samples the population, meaning that it tests enough students in each state to create reliable statistics. The exams are basically the same from year to year, providing a clear picture of students' progress over time. The NAEP is the only standardized assessment given in every state, allowing the public to compare states accurately. With the exception of some special reports (on large urban districts, for example), NAEP results are only available at the state level, not to districts, schools, or individuals.
Any teacher who does not hold the appropriate Initial, Professional, or Advanced certificate for his or her assignment.
Postsecondary enrollment consists of all students who graduated from high school in a given school year and who enroll in postsecondary education in the academic year after the students’ graduation.
The Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS) is a high-quality assessment that meets federal requirements for annual assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics for students in grades 3-8.
Scholastic Aptitude Test
The College Board creates and administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), a college admission test that is not part of Rhode Island's assessment program. Students pay to take the test, which covers reading, writing and math. Most colleges require SAT scores as part of their application processes. The College Board is a non-profit association of schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations.
teacher using an emergency or preliminary certificate
Any teacher using a certificate that allows them to teach in their assignment while pursuing the remaining requirements for full RI certification.
The Uniform Chart of Accounts (UCOA) is a method of accounting that provides transparency, uniformity, accountability, and comparability of financial information for all schools and districts.