Paul Silva

Q1: Contact Information

Respondent skipped this question

Q2: Were you elected or appointed to your position?




Q3: When were you first elected/appointed to the School Committee? When does your term expire?


First Elected 11/8/1994

Current Term Expiration 11/8/2018


Q4: Do you expect to run for re-election when your current term expires?




PAGE 3: Current Issues Facing RI Students

Q5: Think for a moment about your district. What makes your district great? What makes you most proud?


Comprehensive offerings for students; student performance has increased dramatically

Q6: What are the most important challenges you see in your district as we enter in to the 2015/2016 school year?


Financial restraints and government mandates

PAGE 4: Requiring PARCC Testing

Q7: Does your district have a policy that requires students to participate in state wide testing (like PARCC)?


Yes, and I voted to support the policy that requires it. (skip to question 9)


Q8: While there is not a state mandate to require students to participate in state assessments like PARCC, some districts have passed local policies that would require participation in the state assessments. If your district were to propose a policy to require participation in state assessments, would you vote in favor of that policy?

Respondent skipped this question

Q9: If you have other comments on PARCC or other testing policies, please share them here.


While there is no state mandate there is the threat of the loss of funding if 95% participation is not reached. I think that the state should either take an open and transparent position or stay out of it. Additionally, I am not a fan of the PARCC test itself.

PAGE 5: Final Thoughts

Q10: Thank you for participating in our first School Committee Survey. If you have any thing you would like to know, you can share those comments here or email us at


The state funding formula has no connection to education or providing a good quality education. It simply provides additional funding for low income communities. It is a proven fact that just throwing more money at a problem does not necessarily fix the problem.