Year 6 Project Overview: Rhode Island Curriculum Standards

Rhode Island Legislation 16-97-9 identifies that the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Commissioner of Post-Secondary Education shall develop a consistent statewide definition and understanding of curriculum and its features, and provide resources to districts and schools in order to apply that definition to purchase, develop, and implement high-quality curriculum. With NCC assistance, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) will develop a curriculum framework and key dissemination materials, including guidance to evaluate current curriculum materials and indicators by which to select quality curriculum resources.

NCC will work with RIDE to develop iterative review cycles of the definition and ensure that using a process that is informed by national guidance and research, as well as guidance and input from local educators and school and district leaders. As a result of this work, school districts will have the knowledge, information, and skills to develop and/or select and provide professional learning to support implementation of rigorous, high-quality curriculum and aligned instruction in mathematics and English Language Arts.

Progress to Date

  • NCC supported RIDE to review data analysis from a cross-department meeting, and to resolve specific issues related to the definition of curriculum and its use in the state. NCC provided guidance related to key curriculum features as used in other states, and, in particular, how assessment practices—from classroom formative to summative—are approached in other statewide definitions of curriculum.
  • NCC supported a state kick-off event for the curriculum work, which included use of the data collection protocol that NCC co-developed with the RIDE Curriculum Team. NCC engaged in leading small group discussion with district teams, and supported data analysis and review from data collected during the session.

Research, Resources and Collaborations

RIDE has received a grant from Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to support this work, and is working with a CCSSO-led team to discuss the development of curriculum as aligned with College and Career Ready Standards.

Contact Person

For more information, contact Nancy Gerzon at

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