ERIC Number: ED479210
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Education Watch: Rhode Island. Key Education Facts and Figures. Achievement, Attainment and Opportunity. From Elementary School through College.
Education Trust, Washington, DC.
This report compares Rhode Island's reading and mathematics performance on the most recent administrations of the state assessment with performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). To indicate how Rhode Island is doing in narrowing the academic achievement gap between African American and Latino students and their white, middle class peers, the report presents NAEP data by race/ethnicity. The report presents other state-level data on K-college education, including demographic distribution across each educational level, participation and success in Advanced Placement, percentage of students taking high-level courses, school funding gaps, and high school and college graduation rates. Between 1992-1998, scores on the NAEP 4th grade reading assessment increased by 1 point. In 1998, 38 percent of white 4th graders were reading at the proficient or above level, compared to 8 percent of Latinos. Between 1990-2000, scores on the NAEP 8th grade mathematics assessment increased by 13 points. In 2000, 29 percent of white 8th graders performed at the proficient or above level in mathematics, compared to 4 percent of Latinos. In 1998, Rhode Island had the second largest Latino-white 4th grade reading achievement gap nationwide. In 2000, the state had the sixth largest Latino-white 8th grade mathematics achievement gap. Latino students are underrepresented in Advanced Placement test taking and in gifted and talented program enrollment. About 47 percent of Rhode Island high school students enroll in college, compared to 54 percent nationwide. Native American students graduate from the state college at a significantly lower rate than students from other groups. About one in five Rhode Island secondary classes are taught by teachers lacking a major or minor in the field. Districts with higher child poverty rates and higher minority enrollments have the fewest state and local dollars to spend per student. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, American Indians, Asian American Students, Black Students, Educational Attainment, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 4, Grade 8, Graduation, Hispanic American Students, Mathematics Skills, Minority Group Children, Postsecondary Education, Racial Differences, Reading Skills, State Standards, Student Placement, Teacher Competencies, White Students
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Trust, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress