About InfoWorks

Letter From the Commissioner

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Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist watches students demo their robotic creations. Photo courtesy of Newport Daily News.

Dear Friends of Education,

As we continue working together to transform education in Rhode Island, one of our top priorities has been to develop user-friendly data systems. Teachers and school leaders need good data to guide decisions about instruction, curriculum, and professional development. Parents must receive clear and timely reports to understand how their children are performing and how well our schools are performing over time. All taxpayers and policymakers must have access to solid data to ensure that we are investing our resources wisely and to hold us accountable for our the quality of our public schools.

InfoWorks!, the R.I. Department of Education online data report on public education, provides the public with data on student achievement, teacher quality, student discipline, revenues and expenditures, student health, school demographics, and many other topics. Our goal is for InfoWorks! to be as user-friendly as possible, so the InfoWorks! website presents education data through interactive charts and tables that are easy to read, to print, and to share. These InfoWorks! reports contain education data at the school, district, and statewide level — but of course InfoWorks! respects student privacy and presents no data at the individual-student level.

I hope you will find all of the information that you are seeking when you visit the InfoWorks! site. The site includes a Contact Us & Feedback page, and we would love to hear from you, as we are always striving to improve our data systems and our public reporting. With your interest and support, we can strive to make our schools America's best!

Best,
Deborah A. Gist, Commissioner