Rhode Island Elementary and Middle School Test Results: Charter Middle Schools are Amongst Providence’s Best
According to the testing results provided by the Rhode Island Department of Education, two of Providence’s top three middle schools (out of nine total) are charter schools, the Times2 Academy, and the Paul Cuffee school. Times2 and Paul Cuffee both have over half of their students proficient in reading and over one-third proficient in math. Objectively, those don’t seem like great numbers, but only one other middle school in the city (Nathanael Greene, the only Providence middle school — charters included — to get to 50% proficiency in math) met both of these criteria. In fact, no Providence middle schools, other than the three listed above, reached either 40% proficiency in reading or 30% proficiency in math.
Whether it’s more charters like Times2 and Paul Cuffee, or a public choice program that allows schools like Nathanael Greene to increase the number of students they reach (and makes other schools say we’d better start doing whatever they’re doing), reforms rewarding schools that work are absolutely necessary to improving education in Rhode Island.