Rhode Island – State Information

MEA President: 
Advocacy Leadership Force member: David Neves
ALF Member Email: dneves@aol.com

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/5/2021
Adjourns: 6/30/2021

Cross-Over Deadline None
Budget Deadline  
Introduction Deadlines None
Governor Gina Raimondo (D)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Robert D. Phillips (D)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. Harold M. Metts (D)

Partisan Split House: D      Senate: D
House Clerk Contact 401-222-1478
Senate Secretary Contact 401-276-2555
Carryover to 2022 No

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
State Superintendent Harrison Peters

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director J. David Sienko, Director, RIDE 401-222-8987
Title IV Director William Trimble, william.trimble@ride.ri.gov, (401) 222-4650
Title IV Website None
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds None listed. Appears to be school year based, so likely due in Fall


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

RI Music PK-12 Initial (3-year)
Professional (5-year)
Advanced (7-year)
None Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (5113) Praxis Principles of Teaching & Learning: K-6 or 7-12 No Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework

$100 application

Yes https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/sites.providence.edu/dist/c/13/files/2018/01/CRCI_Pathway_Protocol-16dupub.pdf https://www.ride.ri.gov/TeachersAdministrators/EducatorCertification/PathstoCertification.aspx June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Back to School RI

RIMEA Reopening Guidance

A final announcement on whether it is safe for schools to reopen for in-person instruction is expected the week of Aug. 31. Gov. Gina Raimondo has pushed back the start of classes until Sept. 14, two weeks later than originally planned.

Title IV Success Stories