State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Rhode Island

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 6 on or before September 1 16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-19-1
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on or before September 1 16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-2-27
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? No opt-out: Students must complete a state recognized kindergarten program in order to be eligible for first grade. 16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-2-28
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? Yes 16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-2-28
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Full-Day 16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-99-3
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 5.5 hour per day for full-day kindergarten. 6 hours per day for grades 1 through 12. 16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-99-3;
16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-2-2
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? The ideal ratio is 1:15 as defined under the educational block grant. Grant funds under the Educational Improvement Block Grant can be used to reduce the teacher to student ratio to 1:15. 16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-5-31;
16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-67-2
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Professional Development: Schools that enroll students in kindergarten through third grade must invest funds from the professional development investment fund in professional development that will use scientific research based reading instruction to improve student reading performance. 16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-7.1-10
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Professional Development: If a school hits their performance targets in reading and they are not designated a school that needs improvement, they can use their funds under the Professional Development Investment fund for professional development in improving student performance in other subjects including mathematics. 16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-7.1-10
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification, pre-kindergarten through grade two. Elementary Education Teacher Certificate, grade one through grade 6. R.I. Code R. 21-2-59:9
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Districts are required to screen all children prior to, or upon, their first entry into school to determining their level of educational readiness. 16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-67-2
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? The results are used to determine if the student is educationally ready in instruction in literacy, writing, speaking, listening, or mathematics. 16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-67-2
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statutes, rules or regulation.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? All districts that provide elementary education are required to screen children prior to, or upon, their first entry to school to determine their level of educational readiness. Each LEA shall develop a comprehensive assessment system that includes measures of student performance for the purposes of formative, interim, and summative evaluations of all students in each core content area. R.I. Code R. 21-2-53:G-13-3
16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-97-8
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? The LEA must have a public formal reporting process that reports at the student, group, school, and district level. Students grades must be supplemented with a narrative of the student's progress on meeting course goals. R.I. Code R. 21-2-53:G-13-3
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Supplementary literacy instruction may be required for educationally disadvantaged students. The commissioner of elementary and secondary education can stipulate for each school district the specific cutoff points and grades for required service for each year. 16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-67-2
Is there a third grade retention policy? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulations.
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulation.

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