PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Education released its school performance rankings Friday, using a new measurement system to determine how well schools are serving students.
Of South Kingstown’s schools, one school received a rating of “commended,” another received a rating of “leading,” and four received a rating of “typical,” based on the new classifications.
Under the new system, the number of students scoring “proficient” on standardized math and reading tests is no longer the predominant factor used to rank schools.
According to Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, other critical factors will be included to determine a school’s performance. These include how much students improve from year to year and whether schools are able to close achievement gaps between the performance of low-income, special education and minority students and their peers.
The new classifications from best to worst are: commended, leading, typical, warning, focus and priority schools.
The Matunuck School was the only public school in South Kingstown, aside from two charter schools, to earn the commended ranking. The Compass School in Kingston and Kingston Hill Academy, both public charter schools, were also classified as commended.
Peace Dale Elementary School earned a rating of leading, while South Kingstown’s five other public schools, Wakefield Elementary, West Kingston Elementary, Broad Rock Middle School, Curtis Corner Middle School and South Kingstown High School all earned a rating of typical.
“The teachers and parents work really hard,” Deborah Zepp, Matunuck Elementary principal said of the school’s commended ranking in a phone interview. “My congratulations to the students, parents and teachers, because that’s the key, when everyone is on board supporting the students.”
For the lowdown of school rankings, pick up a copy of Wednesday's The Narragansett Times.