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Rhode Island releases annual school accountability scores

November 14, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island school officials have released their annual schools report card.

The state Department of Education’s school accountability results released Thursday rate schools on a star system, with five being the top ranking and one being the lowest.

The ratings are based on a combination of student test scores and graduation rates as well as other factors, including student and teacher absenteeism and postsecondary success.

Statewide, out of nearly 300 public schools, 22 earned five stars. On the other end of the scale, 35 got one star, 17 of which were in Providence. Just one Providence school, Classical High School, received five stars.

The city’s schools have been taken over the state.

State Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green says the results show “there needs to be a big change.”