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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, and Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association.


  • Develop and use research to increase public college access and degree completion rates, especially for high-needs students.
  • Support state education leaders in using data to strengthen school-to-career trajectories that increase preparation for and employment in middle- and high-wage growth industries.


Jessica BaileyJessica Bailey
Senior Research Associate
REL Northeast & Islands


This training project is providing 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.
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.


Name Title Organization
Mary Ann Snider Deputy Commissioner Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE)
Steve Osborn Chief for Innovation RIDE
Kim Bright Chief of Staff Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner
Kristen Stringfellow President Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association
Tom DiPaola Director Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association