Rhode Island has implemented several literacy policies aimed at improving reading proficiency among its students. One of the most significant policies is the Rhode Island Reading Sufficiency Act, which requires schools to identify struggling readers in grades K-3 and provide them with targeted interventions and support.
Additionally, the state has established the Rhode Island Literacy Leadership Team to provide guidance and support to educators, and the Rhode Island Reads initiative to promote reading engagement and achievement. Rhode Island also uses a statewide assessment, the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS), to monitor student progress in reading and identify areas where additional support is needed.
Rhode Island Student Score Gaps:
This represents no significant change from the state’s 2019 average score.
In 2022, Black students had an average score that was 32 points lower than that of White students. This performance gap was not significantly different from that in 1998 (34 points).
In 2022, Hispanic students had an average score that was 28 points lower than that of White students. This performance gap was narrower than that in 1998 (48 points).
In 2022, male students in Rhode Island had an average score that was lower than that of female students by 11 points. This performance gap was wider than that in 1998 (1 point in favor of males).
In 2022, students who were eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) had an average score that was 27 points lower than that for students who were not eligible. This performance gap was narrower than that in 1998 (35 points).
Information from the NAEP website for 2022 4th grade reading scores.
RI EVIDENCE-BASED CHAMPIONS
RI EVIDENCE-BASED ORGANIZATIONS
These organizations are committed to promoting evidence-based reading practices, providing professional development opportunities for educators, and supporting students in developing strong reading skills.
Rhode Island Reading Resources
The Rhode Island Department of Education
The Rhode Island Association of Reading Educators
The New England Reading Association - Rhode Island Council
The Reading Recovery Council of North America - Rhode Island