What is InfoWorks?
The InfoWorks site is designed to encourage everyone interested in Rhode Island's schools to learn more about the state's schools and to get involved with them. With parents, School Improvement Teams (SIT) and new users firmly in mind, InfoWorks data are easily accessible. The Commissioner and Regents want parents and the public to be confidently well-informed as they assume bigger roles in the education of their own children, and in education policy generally.
InfoWorks' online charts use "live" data, so when you click a specific school, district or topic, templates load the most up-to-date numbers available and verified. Every chart has a "print" and an "email" option, to encourage you to share the data.
While the website's interface is super-friendly, there's a lot of data. Enter InfoWorks' world through your child's school, district, or through statewide comparisons. Data are then broken into five topics. These focal areas are based on Rhode Island's Basic Education Program (BEP) and the Strategic Plan 2010-2015.
Rhode Island Basic Education Program:
Effective July, 2010, the BEP describes the Regents' principles and expectations for the state's schools and districts. Read more (pdf)
Transforming Education In Rhode Island, Strategic Plan
Commissioner Gist, the Board of Regents and the Department of Education collaborated on the Strategic Plan which outlines decisions about where to work first and most intensely. Read more (pdf)
For ease of use and classification of data, InfoWorks has simplified the overlapping priorities identified in both documents into the five topic areas shown.
Who Is InfoWorks?
InfoWorks is a collaborative effort between RIDE and The Providence Plan. Contributors include Basics Group, a design and web development firm, and Julia Steiny, Education Data Consultant.