Rhode Island

College and Career Ready Definitions
Rhode Island has not adopted or made available a definition of college and career readiness.
Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Additional graduation rates (five or more years)
Source: Center for American Progress. (2016). Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’. Retrieved from https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education/news/2016/05/19/137455...
College and Career Ready Reporting Metrics
School Report Card1
Info Works2
Graduation Data3
CTE Reports, Research, and Information4
Early Warning System5
SAT scores2
AP scores2
NAEP scores2
Aggregate on-track record5
     o College and career readiness/knowledge
     o Postsecondary plans
     o Skipping class
     o Alcohol and drug use
     o Extracurricular activities
     o Health/physical activity
CTE enrollment4
CTE enrollment by industry center4
CTE completers:4
     o Students graduating
     o Students earning industry-recognized credentials
     o Students earning at least one postsecondary credit
Attendance rate2, 5
Chronic absenteeism2
Suspension rate2, 5
Dropout rate2, 3
Age equivalency5
1. Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (n.d.). Report card. Retrieved from http://www.eride.ri.gov/eride40/reportcards/14/Schools.aspx
2. Rhode Island Department of Education. (2015). InfoWorks. Retrieved from http://infoworks.ride.ri.gov
3. Rhode Island Department of Education. (2015). Enrollment, dropout, and graduation data. Retrieved from http://www.ride.ri.gov/InformationAccountability/RIEducationData/Enrollm...
4. Rhode Island Department of Education. (2015). CTE reports, research, and information. Retrieved from http://www.ride.ri.gov/StudentsFamilies/EducationPrograms/CareerTechnica...
5.  Rhode Island Department of Education. (2015). The Rhode Island Diploma System.  Retrieved from http://www.ride.ri.gov/StudentsFamilies/RIPublicSchools/DiplomaSystem.as...
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation

Rhode Island state policy allows students to earn dual credit for academic or CTE postsecondary courses taken at postsecondary institutions or virtually. It is unclear whether public postsecondary institutions in the state are required to accept dual-enrollment credits (ECS, 2015).

Early College High School

Rhode Island is not participating in the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI). More information about schools participating in ECHSI is available at the ECHSI website (Jobs for the Future, n.d.).


Education Commission of the States. (2015). Dual enrollment – all state profiles. Retrieved from http://ecs.force.com/mbdata/mbprofallRT?Rep=DE14A

Jobs for the Future. (n.d.). Schools. Retrieved from http://www.jff.org/initiatives/early-college-designs/schools

Career Pathways

Rhode Island uses the 16 Career Clusters for state and federal reporting but does not use them to guide or organize state CTE programs. Rhode Island maintains programs of study in all 16 Career Clusters.


National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (n.d.). Rhode Island [Interactive map of state CTE profiles]. Retrieved from http://careertech.org/Rhode-Island

Career Exploration and Career Plans

In Rhode Island, the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is a student-directed planning and monitoring tool that customizes learning opportunities throughout students’ secondary school experience, broadens their perspectives, and supports attainment of goals. The ILP documents students' interests, needs, supports, course selections (including access to college-level programming), transition placements, and other learning experiences, both in and out of school. Rhode Island's ILP is mandated by the state. It includes all students in Grades 6–12.


U.S. Department of Labor. (2013). Individualized learning plans across the U.S. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from http://www.dol.gov/odep/ilp/map/#MO

Alignment Between High School Graduation and State College Admission Requirements


High School and College Alignment


High School Graduation Requirements

College Admission Requirements

English Credits:



Mathematics Credits:


3.0 (including algebra and plane geometry)

Social Studies Credits:



Science Credits:



Foreign Language Credits:

None specified (N/S)

2.0 (in same language)

Arts Credits:



Additional Credits:



Total Credits:




New England Common Assessment Program assessments in English, mathematics, and science

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®



University of Rhode Island


Students must demonstrate proficiency using two of the following four performance-based diploma assessments: exhibitions, comprehensive course assessments, graduation portfolios, and certificates of initial mastery.



Early Warning Systems

Rhode Island’s state-specific Early Warning System is called the Rhode Island Diploma System. Early Warning System data are reported at the student level to district personnel, school administrators, and teachers. 


Rhode Island Department of Education. (2015). The Rhode Island Diploma System. Retrieved from http://www.ride.ri.gov/StudentsFamilies/RIPublicSchools/DiplomaSystem.aspx#16441049-early-warning-system

Rhode Island Department of Education. (2013). Rhode Island Early Warning System Guide. Retrieved from http://ride.ri.gov/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/Diploma-System/EWS/RIEWS_FINAL.pdf