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Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah A. Gist serves on the Governing Board. Mary Ann Snider, Chief of Educator Excellence and Instructional Effectiveness at the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is the K-12 Lead for PARCC in Rhode Island. Clark Greene, Acting Commissioner of Higher Education, serves on the PARCC Advisory Committee on College Readiness. Deborah Grossman-Garber, Associate Commissioner at the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education, coordinates PARCC-related postsecondary engagement activities in the state.
Rhode Island has been active in the American Diploma Project Network since 2005, aligning its standards with expectations of postsecondary education and employers. The Rhode Island Board of Regents adopted the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy in July 2010. In August 2010, Rhode Island became one of twelve states to win the Race to the Top competition. The state joined the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers as a Governing State in the spring of 2010 and actively helped shape PARCC’s proposal for a common, next-generation assessment system.
The PARCC assessment measures real world skills that colleges value, like critical thinking and problem solving. That’s why all of Rhode Island’s public two- and four-year colleges and universities have committed to participate in PARCC. They helped develop the assessments to ensure that it measures college readiness.
Rhode Island’s college and universities will use those assessments as one of the indicators of a student’s readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses – and because these institutions educate every freshman entering public colleges and universities in Rhode Island, we’re ensuring that our students succeed.
See a full list of participating institutions here.