Rhode Island State Standards
Content standards define what students should know and be able to do. Changes in the college and career landscape, as well as new findings in educational research necessitate the periodic review and potential revision of academic standards. Furthermore, there is the continual need to ensure that content standards and the assessments used to measure students’ proficiency in attaining those standards are aligned. In recent years, Rhode Island has transitioned to a new suite of state assessments which will be in place until 2029 as outlined in Rhode Island law RIGL§ 16.22.30-33, passed in 2019. With the passing of RIGL§ 16.22.30-33, RIDE saw an opportunity to revisit the state’s content standards in order to better align them with mandated assessment requirements, to clarify any vague language present in the standards, and in the case of history and social studies to undergo a total revision.
RIDE has completed a review and revision of the content standards for English language arts and mathematics resulting in the endorsement of the Rhode Island Core Standards for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics by the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education on March 9, 2021. The review process was open and consultative and will be replicated for science and technology, history and social studies, world languages, and the arts. Specifically, during the process RIDE solicited public comment and drew on the content expertise of review committees composed of Rhode Island educators. Feedback was used to craft sets of content standards that are focused, coherent, and rigorous and are designed to ready students for college and career.
All citizens need to know how to reason and analytically think through a problem. The habits associated with learning mathematics train our brains to seek solutions in a logical way. Rhode Island transitioned to the Rhode Island Core Standards for Mathematics from the Common Core State Standards on March 9, 2021. To highlight the differences in content between the RI Core Standards and the CCSS, RIDE has created standard-by-standard comparison tables. Please click on the following links to view the standards and comparison tables.
Science is central to the lives of all, preparing us to be informed citizens and knowledgable consumers. For information on the Next Generation Science Standards, adopted by Rhode Island in the spring of 2013, please see the following links.
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The Comprehensive Health Instructional Outrcomes complement the Rhode Island Health Education Framework by attaching content specific topics to descriptions for each standard. The seven major health content areas are Personal Health, Mental and Emotional Health, Injury Prevention, Nutrition, Sexuality and Family Life, Disease Prevention and Control, and Substance Use and Abuse Prevention. See the links below for more information.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS/LITERACY
ELA helps students think critically and abstractly about informaion as well as learn material faster and more effectively. Rhode Island transitioned to the Rhode Island Core Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy from the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) on March 9, 2021. RIDE has created standard-by-standard comparison tables to highlight the differences in content between the CCSS and the Rhode Island Core Standards. Please click on the following links to view the standards and comparison tables.
The World-Readiness Standards for Leaning Languages have five goal areas. These are: Communications, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. The goals are to prepare learners to apply the skills and understandings measured by the standard, to bring a global competence to their future careers and experience. Read more about the standards at the links below.
The CTSA K-12 Standards were adapted in May of 2018. These adaptations include reorganizing the standards into concepts, forming a new Digital Literacy concept and a new Cybersecutiy concept.
Individual Learning Plans (ILP)
HISTORY, CIVICS, AND SOCIAL STUDIES
The study of history, civics and social studies will help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse world. The Rhode Island Department of Elementary & Seconday Education, in partnership with the new Rhode Island History & Social Studies Advisory Committee (RIHSSAC), has launched the development of new social studies standards K-12 education in Rhode Island. RIHSSAC worked with community organizations statewide to set up sessions culminating in a statewide survey. There will be an opportunity in early 2021 for community feedback on the draft of the standards. You can review the information provided at the virtual sessions at the following links.
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
The Rhode Island Council on Elementary and Seconday Education unanimously endorsed the National Core Art Standards on January 10, 2017 for Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. Theses standards are Creating, Performing-Presenting-Producing, Responding, and Connecting. Please click the links below for more information.
In developing standards framework for learners, The American Association of School Librarians identified six common beliefs as central to the profession.
- The school library is a unique and essential part of a learning community.
- Qualified school librarians lead effective school libraries.
- Learners should be prepared for college, career, and life.
- Reading is the core of personal and academic competency.
- Intellectual freedom is every learner's right.
- Information technologies must be appropriately integrated and equitably available.