2014-12-31 / Around Town

State Seeks Input on Education Survey

The Rhode Island Department of Education is preparing for a new five-year strategic plan, a process that starts with hearing from more than 10,000 Rhode Island voices. They only need 1,000 more to exceed this goal.

The aim is to deveolp a statewide vision for public education in Rhode Island through 2020.

“We are asking all Rhode Islanders to share with us their views on education through a short, anonymous survey that will take no more than five minutes to complete,” said State Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist in a letter to districts statewide. “In the first two weeks, we received a tremendous response of more than 4,000 participants, but we have another few weeks to go and want to hear from as many Rhode Islanders as possible.”

The statewide “conversation” on education will kick start the process, Gist added. After the surveys are completed, results will be posted weekly at the RIDE website. Then, a series of community discussions will be planned to further shape the strategic plan.

In addition, the Board of Education is recruiting up to 15 members of the community who will be part of an Ambassador Design Team to write up the plan over the next six months. David Moscarelli, the 2015 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year, will oversee the team.

The survey, available in seven languages, may be filled out at ride.ri.gov/Strategic-Plan. To learn more visit edvoicesri@ride.ri.gov.

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