We use assessments to keep families informed about the progress their children are making in school, to help teachers make decisions about instruction and about support for students, to measure school performance and educator effectiveness, and to track the progress we are making toward meeting the goals in our strategic plan for transforming education in Rhode Island.
When it comes to assessment of student learning, the why should precede the how. The vast majority of assessments are used for one of three general purposes: to inform and improve instruction, to screen/identify (for interventions), and to measure outcomes (as part of an accountability system, for school improvement planning, or for evaluation).
For more information on the purposes of assessment, please see the RI Criteria and Guidance for a Comprehensive Assessment System document found on the Comprehensive Assessment System page.
RIDE, in partnership with local educators, has a multi-pronged strategy for enhancing existing assessment infrastructure, increasing assessment literacy, and assisting with the development of comprehensive assessment systems across the state.
The instructional management system (IMS), launched in 2012, is a single sign-on, web-based platform that houses curriculum, instruction, and assessment material and data.
- Within the IMS, educators can access Pinnacle Instruction for curricular and formative assessment resources.
- Additionally, LEA- and school-level educators can manage RTI processes in one location.
- Through the IMS, educators are able to access reports and query data at the student, classroom, school, and LEA level.
- The IMS supports an interim assessment item bank and test-development engine, which LEAs may use to design, generate, and score interim assessments.
- A series of formative assessment online modules, also housed on the IMS, are available to familiarize educators with general assessment literacy and concrete formative assessment strategies.
In addition, professional development is being offered to leadership teams to increase capacity in understanding and using data through the Data Use Professional Development Series.
As Rhode Island transitions from the NECAP assessment to the PARCC assessment, updates, resources, and informational sessions are being made available.
Finally, RIDE supports the administration of a number of other specific assessments, including: