§ 16-97-10 Closing the achievement gap.
The board of education and council on elementary and secondary education shall adopt a state goal of closing the achievement gaps in third-grade reading and third-grade math for all groups and subgroups of student population by fifty percent (50%) by school year 2020 and closure in its entirety by 2025. The board of education shall direct the council on postsecondary education, in conjunction with the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island, to develop strategies to increase the recruitment of minority teacher-preparation students in an effort to increase diversity in the teaching profession. The board of education, in conjunction with the department of elementary and secondary education and the office of the postsecondary commissioner, shall develop a plan and shall set state goals to close all achievement and opportunity gaps across the PK 20 public system of education.
(P.L. 2016, ch. 523, § 1.)