The Department of Education annually collects a large
variety of data from schools and districts - much of it required by
state or federal mandates. Some of this information is annually compiled
in the form of school and district reports as part of
Information Works! - a comprehensive set of indicators that monitors and reports to the
public on overall quality of public schools in Rhode Island.
Works! includes data on student achievement, dropout and graduation
rates, student mobility, school discipline, school finances, and survey
data from parents, students, teachers, and administrators. Education
data is used to inform state and local policymaking, local media,
program decisions within districts and schools, and the work of
educational nonprofits across the state. The quality of department
efforts has been nationally recognized in awards from the
Educational Research Association and the National Center for Education
Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education.