When Deborah Gist arrived in Rhode Island in 2009, the gap in 11th grade reading scores between Providence and Central Falls and the rest of the state was closing. Following her dramatic intervention in Central Falls, and her implicit and explicit support of PPSD's decisions to end several successful high school reforms, that gap began growing.
While in 2012 CFSHS made back some of its lost ground, the PPSD 11th grade reading proficiency rate remained flat for the third year in a row, concurrent with intensive federal SIG interventions, Race to the Top, and numerous federal and state mandated changes in teacher hiring, evaluation and training.
The PPSD/RI gap in 11th grade reading proficiency is now at a five year high.
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