Letter From the Commissioner
Dear Fellow Rhode Islanders,
As we work together to transform education in Rhode Island, one of our top priorities is to develop user-friendly data systems. We want everyone in the state — educators, parents, students, and community members — to have ready access to clear, accurate, and timely information about our schools.
As many people have pointed out, we have lots of education data and information in Rhode Island, but we have not always put that information to its best use. Teachers and school leaders need good, accurate data to drive performance and to help students achieve in school. Parents need clear and comprehensible reports to understand how their children are performing. All taxpayers and policymakers need solid data to drive systems reform and to hold us accountable for our work.
InfoWorks, our new state data website, represents our most ambitious effort to make our wealth of education data readily available to the public. Here you will find easy access to information about schools, districts, and the state as a whole. For its inaugural launch, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) is making the state’s large amount of testing and demographic data available in interactive charts and graphs. As the site continues to grow — through the fall and into future years — we will add additional data and other information about the learning conditions in our schools and in our state.
I hope you will find the information that you need in InfoWorks. We welcome your feedback, as we are always striving to improve our data systems and our public reporting. Thank you for your interest in public education in Rhode Island, where our goal is to prepare all students for success in college, careers, and life.