PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Twenty-eight schools in Rhode Island _ about 10 percent _ have received the state's lowest ratings in an evaluation of their performance.
The Rhode Island Department of Education released its classifications for 279 schools on Tuesday. Twenty-one schools were designated as "Priority'' and six as "Focus.'' All of those are designated for state intervention and must come up with improvement plans.
Twenty-four schools were given the top ranking, including 12 for the first time.
The department classifications are based on several factors, including academic proficiency, progress meeting targets, graduation rates and closing the achievement gap.
Commissioner Deborah Gist says the state is working hard to help low-achieving schools. She says some progress is being made and that the pace of improvement is expected to pick up.