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Education in Rhode Island

Education is a lifetime process that begins at birth and continues throughout a child's life into adulthood. Through their experiences in the classroom, children build academic, social-emotional, and study skills to help them succeed throughout their life.

Education IllustrationProviding children with high-quality education is critical for healthy development. People with more education are more likely to practice health-promoting behaviors, to be able to access needed care, to have better health outcomes and to live longer than those with less education.

Education is also critical for future employment, and for a healthy economy: by 2020, 71% of Rhode Island’s jobs will require education beyond a high school diploma. And in Rhode Island, adults without high school diplomas are about four times as likely to be unemployed as those who have bachelor’s degrees.

Here you will find resources to help you monitor and work on policy, build programs, advocate, and allocate funding for education in Rhode Island.

Our Publications

Education indicators from 2016 Factbook

Download the complete 2016 Factbook Education Section

Additional indicators from the 2016 Factbook

Issue Briefs

The Early Learning Fact Sheet Series:

The Student-Centered Learning Fact Sheet Series:

Special Publications

  • Improving College Access and Success: Providence Youth Perspective, October 2012 
    This report summarizes the results of a series of focus groups conducted with Providence high school students to get their perspectives on the kind of support they need to select a college and complete the application process. The report provides youth perspectives on what works and how schools and community-based agencies could help more students enroll in and succeed in college.

Related Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Shows

Special Initiatives

  • Creating Supportive Policy Conditions for Student-Centered Learning in Rhode Island: Rhode Island KIDS COUNT strongly believes that embracing student-centered learning is one of the keys to increasing Rhode Island's high school graduation rate, closing achievement gaps, and ensuring that more students are ready for success in college, careers, and life.

    Through this initiative, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT works at the state level, advocating for policies to support student-centered learning. For more information, please click here, or contact Stephanie Geller, Senior Policy Analyst. This initiative is supported by funding from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

Related Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Resources

Additional Resources

Rhode Island

National

  • Annie E. Casey Foundation National Data Center – Education Indicators
    Rhode Island KIDS COUNT contributes data to the national KIDS COUNT Data Center, which is managed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.The national KIDS COUNT Data Center connects you to over four million data points about the well-being of children and families in each state and across the country. You can easily access hundreds of indicators related to health, education, employment and income, child welfare, and many other topics. The Data Center is free and available to all.
  • The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The Campaign focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade.
  • The Education Commission of the States (ECS) was created by states, for states, in 1965. ECS tracks state policy trends, translate academic research, provide unbiased advice and create opportunities for state leaders to learn from one another.
  • Education Week is an online news source for issues surrounding K-12 education. 

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT works to improve the health, safety, education, economic security, and development of Rhode Island’s children.

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Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
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Providence, RI 02903

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