Chariho School Parents’ Forum

November 7, 2008

Another sneak peak for CSPF’ers

Filed under: 1 — Editor @ 12:08 am

I while back I shared a new section of the Transparency Train project we are working on called RI Schools.

At that time we were putting together a program to compare schools on fiscal and staff numbers.  That link is HERE.

We are now developing another section for RI Schools to compare test scores.  We currently have VT, NH and RI schools in the database.  Test scores HERE.

The formula to convert local scores to NAEP scores is on this paper.

OSPRI will formally annnounce RI Schools in January.  Until then, the prototypes are online as we work out the details.  Check out the sites, let me know what you think.  Looking for bugs, comments, suggestions, etc… thanks



  1. I find that when I’m choosing schools to compare I usually try to match schools from similar areas, i.e., rural, suburban. If there is any way to group schools it would be easier to contrast.

    Also, with the large number of schools on the list, if you had an option besides scrolling down. Some programs allow you to start typing in a name and as you type the computer automatically goes to what you are looking for. For instance, typing a ‘c’ brings us only schools starting with ‘c’…type the ‘h’ and you get only school starting with ‘ch’.

    Good job as usual. Maybe with tools like this available the future will include voters who actually demand results before handing over millions of dollars (I can dream can’t I?).

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 7, 2008 @ 1:21 am | Reply

  2. Thanks, CR. Someone else emailed about sorting the names also. I will cut and paste to the devlopers. thx

    Comment by Bill Felkner — November 7, 2008 @ 12:31 pm | Reply

  3. Mr.Felkner could you put your ocean state policy research institute website up again in this section. I have been a financial supporter and appreciative of the institutes acknowledged for financial/tax purposes (tax letter). Maybe while people are feeling well funded while supporting the bond(s), they may use this opportunity to make a equally large tax deductable contribution/committment to this well thought of state wide organization.

    Thanking you in advance

    Comment by James Hirst — November 8, 2008 @ 9:52 am | Reply

  4. Millions for an unsuccessful school…apparently people are feeling pretty good about their own financial situation. Wonder if they’ll feel the same way in 4 years? Mr. Felkner’s organization is a super nova in a sky full of dwarf stars.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 8, 2008 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

  5. Saw Mr. Felkner this morning on Rep. Trillo’s issues and answers program this morning at 9 am and as usual more than acquitted him self to the highest end.

    Not wanting to personally be blindly lead and that of his fellow taxpayers and Rhode Islanders, again thanks Mr. Felkner.

    I think responding to my previous question tax deductable contribution can be made at If anyone would like to correct me pleae do so.

    Comment by James Hirst — November 9, 2008 @ 2:48 pm | Reply

  6. is the website, OSPRI Ocean State policy Research Institute, PO Box 2401, Providence, Rhode Island 02906 for tax deductable donations and a letter back before December 31st.

    Apologies Mr. Felkner, found one of the second of my tax deductable letters from the Institute, with the information at the bottom of your letter.

    Comment by James Hirst — November 9, 2008 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

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