A leader in environmental education, Rhode Island was the first state to develop an Environmental Literacy Plan that promoted legislation for and implementation of integrated environmental learning for students in 2011. Building on that precedent, in 2016 the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) and the Rhode Island Foundation invited NewKnowledge to convene a national panel of leaders for measuring environmental learning. With RIEEA, NewKnowledge produced a three-year strategy for implementing an assessment of environmental literacy among high school students across the state. We are proud this work has made a case for critical analysis of environmental learning. We are also inspired by the support Rhode Island’s environmental literacy work has received, even by US Senator Jack Reed (watch the video!).