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Rhode Island Pipelines to College and Career Research Partnership


The Rhode Island Pipelines to College and Career Research Partnership uses data from the State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) to support state and local education agencies in making data-informed decisions regarding college and career readiness (CCR) and career and technical education (CTE) initiatives with a particular focus on equity. The partnership values a coordinated, integrated approach to funding, delivering, and studying CCR and CTE secondary-school initiatives and their impact on postsecondary and workforce outcomes. The partnership consists of representatives from the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (OPC), and Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association.


  • Increasing public college access and degree completion rates, especially for high-needs students.
  • Strengthening school-to-career trajectories to increase students’ preparation for and employment in middle- and high-wage growth industries.


Jessica BaileyDr. Jessica Bailey
Senior Research Associate
REL Northeast & Islands


Training Project: Rhode Island High School Feedback Reports
This training project provides participating high school teams with custom profiles of their students’ college readiness, access, and attainment data, along with structured activities to help high school leaders interpret and use the data to inform strategic planning for improved postsecondary outcomes for their students. View event details.

Coaching Project: RIDE College and Career Readiness Data Coaching
Rhode Island recently launched PrepareRI, a statewide initiative to support young people in developing the skills they need to be successful and competitive for the high-demand jobs of the future. REL Northeast & Islands researchers are working with RIDE, OPC, and others to facilitate a review of the PrepareRI data catalog, which includes the metrics that the PrepareRI team is using to track progress toward the initiative’s goals. The REL Northeast & Islands team is working with the PrepareRI team to draft new metrics for the data catalog, such as early leading indicators that can identify students not on track for secondary and postsecondary success.

Research Study: Relationship Between Dual and Concurrent Enrollment Program Participation and Secondary and Postsecondary Academic Outcomes
Given the fast growth and high interest in dual and concurrent enrollment, and the large and persistent gaps in postsecondary outcomes among different student groups, stakeholders in Rhode Island would like to understand the relationship between student participation in such programs and postsecondary outcomes for students who graduate from high school and enroll in college. For this study, REL Northeast & Islands will examine the effect of participation in Rhode Island's accelerated college credit programs on students' secondary and postsecondary academic outcomes. Researchers will also explore the relationship between the type of accelerated college credit program—such as dual versus concurrent enrollment—and student outcomes. Learn More

Webinar: Leveraging Postsecondary Data to Increase College Access (September 20, 2017)
This webinar explored recent research on the ways states and districts are using administrative postsecondary data to increase high school graduates’ college access and persistence. REL Northeast & Islands researcher Dr. Susan Therriault shared some of her work on this topic with states and administrators in the REL Northeast & Islands Region. University of Virginia Assistant Professor Dr. Benjamin Castleman discussed his research on interventions to increase college access, including a low-cost, short-cycle randomized controlled trial that used postsecondary data to assess the effectiveness of an inexpensive, college-access program that aims to reduce “summer melt.” Dr. Peter Cummings, superintendent of Narragansett (RI) Public Schools, responded to the presentations and discussed the implications of the research and postsecondary data for states and districts. View event details.

Webinar: Setting Up for Success: Preparing High School Students for College-level Math (February 14, 2019)
This webinar presented research on efforts to reduce rates of student placement in college remedial mathematics. Researcher Dr. Angela Boatman shared findings from a recent impact evaluation of a pre-college remediation intervention—the Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) program in Tennessee. Dr. Marla Davis from the Mississippi Department of Education discussed her state’s experience implementing a pre-college math readiness program, including challenges, successes, and lessons learned. View event details.


Name Title Organization
Tom DiPaola Executive Director Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association
Steve Osborn Chief for Innovation Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)
Spencer Sherman Director, Office of College and Career Readiness RIDE
Tammy Warner Assistant Commissioner Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner