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Providence Resident Quinlan Receives Milken Educator Award

Thursday, October 09, 2014

 

Providence resident Erin Quinlan, a reading specialist at Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School in Foster, was awarded the Milken Educator Award Thursday Morning in a surprise ceremony. 

The Milken Educator Awards program provides recognition and unrestricted finanical awards of $25,000 to exceptional elementary and- and secondary- school teachers, principles, and specialists who are furthering excellance in American schools. This year, the Milken Family Foundation will honor up to 40 educators.

“Although this is only Erin Quinlan’s second year at the Captain Paine School, she has already had quite an influence on the school culture and on student achievement,” said Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist. “Erin is co-chair of the Curricular Revision subcommittee, she co-runs the school Learning Celebrations, and she also co-chairs the Student Council, where she helped organize summer-safety commercials. Erin has been a mentor to beginning teachers at Captain Paine, and she is now enrolled in the Principal Residency Program. Folks at the school say that Erin touches just about every aspect of the school environment. Erin has made a great impression at Captain Paine, and she has impressed all of us as well as our newest winner of a Milken Educator Award.”

“Her dedication to her students and her commitment to her school represents the best of Rhode Island educators, and I am pleased that the Milken Family Foundation has granted Erin this important award" said Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts about Quinlan's award

About Quinlan

A Providence resident, Quinlan is in her second year as a reading specialist and instructional coach at the Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School. Previously, she taught in the East Providence schools. She began her teaching career as a music teacher and band director in schools in Minnesota. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and she holds a master’s degree in education leadership from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

It should be noted that the Foundation was founded by Michael Milken. According to Wikepedia, Milken was indicted for racketeering and securities fraud in 1989 in an insider trading investigation. As the result of a plea bargain, he pled guilty to securities and reporting violations but not to racketeering or insider trading. Milken was sentenced to ten years in prison, fined $600 million, and permanently barred from the securities industry by the Securities and Exchange Commission. His sentence was later reduced to two years for cooperating with testimony against his former colleagues and for good behavior.

 

Related Slideshow: 10 RI State Education Rankings

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4th Grade Test Scores

Math

Rank: 26 out of 50

State Average Score: 241

National Average Score: 241

Reading

Rank: 18 out of 50

State Average Score: 223

National Average Score: 221

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2013 Mathematics and Reading Assessments.

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8th Grade Test Scores

Math

Rank: 27 out of 50

State Average Score: 284

National Average Score: 284

Reading

Rank: 25 out of 50

State Average Score: 267

National Average Score: 266

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2013 Mathematics and Reading Assessments.

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High School Dropout Rate

Rank: 10 out of 50

State Dropout Rate: 4.6%

National Average: 3.4%

Source: US Department of Education

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High School Graduation Rate

Rank: 33 out of 50

State Graduation Rate: 76.4%

National Average: 78.2%

Source: US Department of Education

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SAT Scores

Rank: 40 out of 50

State Combined Score Average: 1468

National Average: 1498

Source: College Board

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High School AP Scores

Rank: 33 out of 50

State Percent of Class Scoring 3 or Higher on AP Exam: 14.6%

National Average: 20.1%

Source: College Board

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Chance for Success

Rank: 21 out of 50

Grade: B-

National Average: C+

Source: Education Week Research Center

Note: Index that grades the nation and states on 13 indicators capturing the role that education plays as a person moves from childhood, through the K-12 system, and into college and the workforce.

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K-12 Achievement Index

Rank: 27 out of 50

Grade: D+

National Average: C-

Source: Education Week Research Center

Note: Index that evaluates educational performance on 18 individual indicators that measure current achievement, improvements over time, and poverty-based disparities.

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Per Pupil Expenditure

Rank: 5 out of 50

Amount Spent: $17,666

National Average: $10,938

Source: NEA Research, Estimates Database (2013)

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Average Daily Attendance

Rank: 49 out of 50

State Average: 80.9%

National Average: 96.7%

Source: NEA Research, Estimates Database (2013)

Note: Figure reflects the aggregate attendance of a school during a reporting period divided by the number of days school is in session during this period.

 
 

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