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Governor:Lincoln Chafee
Commissioner of Education:Deborah A. Gist
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:143,793
Number of school districts:53
Number of public schools:317
Number of public school teachers:11,212
Unadjusted education spending per student:$14,723
Percent minority students:34.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:42.5%
Percent of students with disabilities:17.6%
Percent of English-language learners:5.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:42.5%
8th grade math:36.0%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:37.6%
8th grade reading:36.0%

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This Quality Counts 2015 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 2, 2015 - Quality Counts
A "landmark" agreement prompted by a U.S. Department of Justice probe is opening new doors for students with intellectual disabilities in Providence, R.I.
September 24, 2013 - Education Week
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February 7, 2012 - Education Week
The East Providence, R.I., schools enlisted a local psychiatric hospital to help reduce the number of students bused out of the district for special services.
May 17, 2011 - Education Week
The new law sets a baseline amount for each student in the state and adds money to account for those in poverty.
July 19, 2010 - Education Week
Rhode Island’s commissioner of education writes that an agreement between the teachers’ union and the school district in that state’s most impoverished city has put its much-publicized high school on the fast track to improvement.
July 1, 2010 - Education Week

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