Education

RI Foundation announce $480,000 initiative to close “achievement gap” for English Learner students

ESL and BDL Certification Cohort Kickoff Event @ RISD Museum Grand Gallery LPR NEWS 1290 AM PROVIDENCE John Smith RISD Welcome to the RISD Museum Grand Gallery Introduce the Neil Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation Neil Steinberg RIF Thank John Smith and the RISD Museum for hosting the event Acknowledge Speakers Gov. Gina Raimondo Describe the state’s commitment to closing the “achievement gap” Ken Wagner, RIDE Commissioner Describe the growing need for ESL and dual language certified teachers in RI Rhode Island College President Frank Sánchez Describe RIC’s program David Byrd, director of URI’s of School…
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Education

Education officials, RI Foundation announce $480,000 initiative to close “achievement gap” for English Learner students

PROVIDENCE, RI – Thursday at 4:45 in the RISD Museum Grand Gallery in Providence, state and local education officials and the Rhode Island Foundation will announce a $480,000 initiative to tackle the “achievement gap” for students who are English Learners. Statewide, only 9 percent of English Learners met expectations in reading and writing, compared with 38 percent of all students taking the PARCC assessment in 2016. “If we want our workforce to be well educated and highly skilled, we need to invest now in public education, particularly the education of our English learners,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “As our…
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