Thank you for your support
The Office of Educator Excellence and Certification Services would like to thank everyone for supporting the changes that were made to certification office hours. This summer over 13,000 certificates were renewed or issued for the first time. The change to our office hours and your support during the busy summer season helped ensure we were able to review applications within 6-8 weeks instead of the usual 14-16 weeks.
Please continue to share with faculty and staff that certification services will be available to respond to phone calls, emails, and provide in-person support between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Mornings are reserved for the processing of applications to ensure a quicker review by an evaluation specialist. Again, thank you for your continued support.
Deadline to register for the PrepareRI Summit is Friday, October 13
PrepareRI is a statewide initiative to prepare all Rhode Island youth with the skills they need for jobs that pay. This work requires broad statewide partnerships, so RIDE will host regular PrepareRI Summits this year to connect leaders and practitioners from schools, government, and private industry.
The fall PrepareRI Summit – held on October 21, 2017 from 8:30 to 2:00 p.m. at the URI Providence campus – will bring together statewide leaders from many different parts of Rhode Island’s career pipeline. Speakers at the Summit include: U.S. Congressman Jim Langevin, Governor Gina Raimondo (via video), RIDE Commissioner Ken Wagner, Rhode Island College President Frank Sanchez, and leaders from the Governor’s Workforce Board, IBM, CVS, and the Rhode Island Foundation.
For a complete list of speakers and to view the schedule and program for the day, please visit our new website: www.prepare-ri.org/summits.
Register soon – it’s free and spots are filling up fast! Registration closes on October 13, 2017.
RIDE releases request for proposals for Individual Learning Plans systems from qualified firms
RIDE is requesting proposals from qualified firms to provide a comprehensive, efficient, and user-friendly web-based system to support schools and districts in the implementation of Individual Learning Plans, a repository of resources and student reflection in a student’s development of college and career readiness. To access the RFP information, please visit www.purchasing.ri.gov. Click on Solicitation Opportunities, then State Agency Solicitations. Type in the solicitation number 7565526, then search. Click on the number under the Solicitation Number column.
Questions concerning this solicitation must be received by the Division of Purchases email@example.com no later than 5:00 pm (ET) on Monday, October 16, 2017.
The submission deadline for bids is 2:30 pm (ET) on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.
Reminder: United States Senate Youth Program scholarship competition
The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The 56th annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 3 – 10, 2018. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.
The application deadline is October 23, 2017.
Please visit the USSYP webpage for information about how to register
Reminder: October 27 deadline for U.S. Presidential Scholars, U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education
We are seeking nominations from all Rhode Island high schools of students to be named as 2018 Presidential Scholars and from all Rhode Island career and technical education (CTE) centers and high schools of CTE students to be named as 2018 Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.
Nomination and submission directions are available on the RIDE website for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program and for the U.S. Presidential Scholars for CTE program.
Please read the criteria and nomination process information carefully on the aforementioned pages, as incomplete applications will not be considered.
Both programs have a deadline of October 27, 2017.
To learn more about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and the Commission on Presidential Scholars, please visit the Commission Web site at: www.ed.gov/psp.
RIDE posts preliminary information on Fiscal Year 2019 education aid
Preliminary Fiscal Year 2019 education-aid information has been posted online on ourState Education Aid webpage.
RIDE has posted preliminary Fiscal Year 2019 education-aid figures to use for budget planning. These projections are for informational purposes only and include the RIDE-requested funding changes, which neither Governor Raimondo nor the General Assembly have approved at this time.
Final allocations may change during the course of the development of the state budget; we will revise our aid projections based on data updates. Additional supporting detail for these calculations has also been posted on the webpage under Funding Formula Background Information.
Please note that the FY 2019 projections were calculated using the March 2017 student data adjusted for anticipated charter school growth. We encourage school districts to review the enrollment estimates used in these preliminary calculations to determine how they compare to current student data. FY 2019 calculations will be updated in March 2018 for the 2017-18 school year student membership.
New for FY 2019
RIDE has posted a funding formula calculator that will allow school districts to adjust their enrollment data to calculate funding changes. In addition, there is further information about how to access the state calculated average daily membership report from the e-RIDE system.
Please contact Kristen Cole at (401) 222-4681 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Upcoming releases: School Accountability, NECAP Science, and corrected 2016 graduation rates
RIDE will release School Accountability Data, Spring 2017 NECAP Science Results, and corrected 2016 graduation rates in the coming weeks.
The final school accountability classifications under ESEA will be released publicly on Thursday, October 19. Report cards will be available on RIDE’s web site at 9:00 a.m. that morning. Each LEA will be able to view an embargoed version of their report card on October 13 by 10:00 a.m. These embargoed versions of their report card reflect the data corrections that were identified by each LEA during the review window.
The final administration of NECAP science assessment results in grades 4, 8, and 11 will be made public on Friday, October 20. The announcement will be made in that week’s Field Memo and include a link to the data and report. A revision of the previously released 2016 graduation rates will also be released that day. Each LEA will receive an embargoed copy of its updated data when they receive the school accountability data. All science results are embargoed until the public release.