In good news, Rhode Island was recently ranked in the top ten states in the country for public education. In not so good news, it has been ranked 29th in high school graduation rates.
How exactly did Rhode Island get such high national rankings? Rhode Island Preschool rankings carried the state by being ranked first in the nation (tied with Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, and West Virginia). Although Rhode Island is ranked first in quality Preschools, it drops all the way to 29th when it comes to high school graduation rates. 29th might not seem that bad but the graduation rate in Rhode Island is just 83%. That means that close to 1 in five students in the country’s best preschools will drop out before their high school graduation. It seems like there is a problem somewhere between PK and high school considering nearly 20% of students in Rhode Island are not getting a high school education.
We are here to try to raise the high school graduation rate. We work make sure that the disadvantaged students, who make up the majority of the 17% of students who are not graduating, are getting the proper education that they deserve.