NSSD Superintendent Search - Successful Candidate Profile

Introduction from NESDEC Profile:

On April 28, 2016, Dr. Carolyn Burke and Dr. Sally Dias, consultants from NESDEC, facilitated three focus group meetings representing administrators, teachers/staff, and community members. In addition, in April, they completed personal interviews and analyzed the results of an online survey, made available through the District's website and containing the same questions as the focus groups.  The information gathered through this outreach process was used as the basis to detail the qualities, characteristics, skills, knowledge and experience desired in a new Superintendent of Schools and to identify the pressing challenges ahead of him or her.

The North Smithfield School Committee used the valuable information gathered through the focus group, interview and questionnaire process to inform its decisions in creating the North Smithfield Successful Candidate Profile which will be used to guide the Superintendent Search Interview and selection process.

The North Smithfield School Committee wishes to thank all those in the community and schools who took the time to participate in the community needs assessment outreach.

Respectfully submitted,

The North Smithfield School Committee


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Statewide Assessment - PARCC Parent Letter from the Superintendent

March 29, 2016

Dear Parents,

Our learning standards were designed to prepare students for the next grade, culminating in readiness for postsecondary education and meaningful careers in a 21st-century economy.  Our Rhode Island Statewide Assessment (PARCC):

  • Provides parents and families with objective information about 
  1. whether their children are academically on track; and, 
  2. progress their children are making in school, where children may need extra support, and where students may need additional challenges. 
  • Provides educators with information that will help them improve and personalize instruction,
  • Helps educators benchmark the performance of their students against those across the state,
  • Gives the public a common statewide measure of how schools are doing at improving learning for all students.

For these reasons, federal law requires annual statewide assessments, and federal law also holds schools and districts accountable for attaining at least 95% student participation.

PARCC offers a set of high-quality assessments that align with: our expectations for students at each grade level; the work students do in class every day; and, the skills students will need for success beyond high schoolproblem-solving, critical thinking, and analysis of writing selections.  Again, results on the PARCC test are useful to students, their families, and teachers by revealing areas of student strength and the knowledge and skills that need additional support.

Different from last year, there will be only one testing period for PARCC, the testing time will be shorter, and we will receive results much sooner – before the start of the next school year.

Administration Dates:

  • 3rd Grade – Week of May 16th-20th


  • 3rd Grade – Week of May 16th-20th
  • 4th Grade – Week of May 2nd-6th
  • 5th Grade – Week of May 9th-13th

Middle School

  • 6th Grade – Week of May 2nd-6th
  • 7th and 8th- Week of May 9th-13th

High School

  • ELA- April 25-29th (Morning 9th Grade; Afternoon 10th Grade)
  • Math- May 23rd-25th (Morning Algebra I; Afternoon Geometry)

We are holding a PARCC Parent Information Night on Wednesday, April 6th, at 6:00 p.m. in the North Smithfield Middle School Cafeteria.  Our Director of Curriculum, School Administrators, and I will be sharing information about the assessment.

Assessment serves instruction – not the other way around.  We thank you for your efforts every day to provide and support amazing teaching and exciting learning for all students in all Rhode Island communities.


Stephen F. Lindberg

Superintendent of Schools

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