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.
The North Smithfield School Committee
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March 29, 2016
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):
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 school – problem-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.
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