RI State Science Assessment
The state science assessment for Rhode Island—currently the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)—is an important component of the state’s comprehensive assessment system (CAS) for science and enables the RI Department of Education, districts, families and students to stay informed about the overall progress of students in science achievement and fulfills the federally mandated requirement for state testing.
While the NECAP assessment is a valuable and necessary measure of science learning in Rhode Island, it is only one part of the state’s comprehensive assessment system (CAS) for science. The CAS for science is a multipronged assessment system designed not only for monitoring purposes but also to support classroom teaching and learning.
The NECAP Science Assessment will be administered through the Spring of 2017. The development of a new state science assessment aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is currently underway. The administration of a field test of the new state science assessment is anticipated for the Spring of 2018 with an operational assessment planned for the Spring of 2019.
NECAP Science Assessment
The New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) Science Assessment is designed to measure student performance on grade span expectations (GSEs) in science.
This page contains overall information about the assessments, such as announcements, schedule, workshops, and technical reports. In the right menu, you can find links to pages containing details about requesting exemptions, view released items and results, and download test administration materials.