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Commissioner 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. Ray DiPasquale, Commissioner of Higher Education at the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, serves on the PARCC Advisory Committee on College Readiness. Deborah Grossman-Garber, Associate Commissioner at the Rhode Island Board of Governors for 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.
All of Rhode Island’s public two- and four-year colleges and universities have committed to participate in PARCC, help develop the college-ready assessments, and, ultimately, use those assessments as one indicator of students’ readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses. Together, these institutions educate 100% of the freshman entering public colleges and universities in Rhode Island. See a full list of participating institutions here.