Dear Providence Community members:
On behalf of the City of Providence, the Providence School Board, and our dedicated administrators, principals, teachers and staff, we are pleased to present the Providence Public School District’s “On the Move” progress report. Our schools are indeed On the Move to success and to ensuring a bright future for each and every one of our nearly 24,000 students.
Over the past year, we have worked diligently to implement the strategies and supports outlined in our 2013 “Opening Doors to Our Children’s Future” roadmap for achievement, a roadmap that we developed after extensive collaboration with countless community stakeholders. All of the roadmap strategies we developed and are now executing are designed to dramatically accelerate student achievement in our district’s schools so that all of our students are prepared to succeed in college and their chosen career.
Just one year into implementation, we are pleased to report that real progress is being made on a number of key indicators of student success. During the 2013-2014 school year, Providence Schools increased our graduation rate, decreased our dropout rate, improved our attendance rate and decreased chronic student absenteeism. We are also beginning to see improvements in reading proficiency for our younger students, thanks to programs like Providence Reads and its counterpart program, Leyendo, both designed to support early learning and grade level reading.
These improvements have been made possible by the hard work of our principals, teachers, staff and community partners in implementing three priority strategies to drive teaching and learning in our school district: Creating Systems That Work, Highly Effective Educators and Student Centered Learning. In the pages that follow, we share a number of examples – creating new extended learning opportunities for our students to learn beyond the classroom, providing quality new professional development programs for our teachers, launching new integrated data systems – of the incredible work our school community members are engaged in to apply these strategies for the benefit of Providence students.
While our entire Providence Schools community should be proud of the positive results we have seen over the last year, we have far more work to do to. During the 2014-2015 school year, we can and we must continue our commitment to improvement so that our students are prepared for college and career success.
Our district is On the Move and we hope that over the next year you will continue to work with us to create a brighter future for our students, our schools, and our community.
Susan F. Lusi, Ph.D., Superintendent of Providence Public Schools
Keith Oliveira, Providence School Board President