RI Department of Education Names 22 schools as Commended Schools


PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – The R.I. Department of Education has released the 2016 school classifications, naming 22 schools as Commended Schools, the highest classification.

It’s the 5th year in a row that two of the schools – the Fort Barton School in Tiverton and the Rockwell School in Bristol-Warren – have achieved the status.

Three of the Commended Schools are charter public schools.

RIDE classifies the schools by using an index based on four criteria:

  • student performance on the 2016 PARCC English language arts and math tests.
  • narrowing the gap between the lowest achieving students and the performance standards for meeting expectation on the PARCC test
  • students who are tested showing improvement yearly
  • and the graduation rate for the Class of 2015

RIDE Classifies schools as:

  • Priority Schools have the lowest index scores in the state;
  • Focus Schools have the lowest scores (aside from Priority Schools) for proficiency or gap closing;
  • Commended Schools have the highest index scores in the state and no achievement gaps; they can be recognized either for high achievement or for closing gaps.

For 2016, 30 schools remain in the lowest classifications: Focus or Priority Schools.

Focus and Priority Schools must improve for two or three years, in order to exit from their classification.

For a complete list of the school classifications and for additional information about school accountability and school classifications, click here.