Raimondo signs education-reform bill to realign curriculum statewide

AMONG THE BILLS Gov. Gina M. Raimondo signed into law this week is one that mandates the realignment of education curriculum in districts throughout the state. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

PROVIDENCE – An education-reform measure that would realign curriculum in school systems statewide over the course of years was signed into law this week by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo.

The law requires the state commissioner of elementary and secondary education to develop statewide academic standards and curriculum frameworks for mathematics, English language arts, and science and technology by September 2021.

The measure also requires the commissioner to identify at least five examples of high-quality curriculum and materials for each of the core subjects. The commissioner’s selection must take place by January 2021 for math and English language arts, and science and technology by January 2024.

The school districts and charter schools would be required to select and implement the curriculum and materials for each of the core subjects.

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In addition, the R.I. Department of Education will identify an “assistance partner” from within the department to provide support for the implementation of the new curriculum and materials.

“This law ensures that our academic standards set forth the skills, competencies and knowledge expected of each student,” Sen. Hanna M. Gallo, D-Cranston, a sponsor of the bill, said in a news release. “The curriculum will align with those standards, and the frameworks would provide strategies to help meet the diverse needs of our students, closing any gaps that exist.”