The 2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) is a survey of all public schools and school districts in the United States. The CRDC measures student access to courses, programs, instructional and other staff, and resources — as well as school climate factors, such as student discipline and bullying and harassment — that impact education equity and opportunity for students. The U.S. Department of Education will release additional data highlights on key topics later in 2016. Read more.
Governor Raimondo announced a new initiative on March 7th to expand computer science learning for all public school students. Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) is a partnership between the Office of Innovation at Rhode Island College, the Rhode Island STEM Center, Rhode Island Department of Education, computer science providers and the business community to bring CS learning opportunities to all Rhode Island schools by Fall 2017. Read more
The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) and the Johns Hopkins School of Education released a report calling for a national commitment to “rebalancing the education equation to create the equitable learning environments necessary to improve STEM literacy and competency “ in today’s diverse society. The report, Solving the Education Equation: A New Model for Improving STEM Workforce Outcomes Through Academic Equity provides six recommendations needed to address the culturally based explicit and implicit biases that exist in education, particularly in STEM. Read more.