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RI Next Generation Science Assessments

In May, 2018, Rhode Island administered a new science assessment aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

This new assessment, the Rhode Island Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA), replaced the NECAP science assessments. The NGSA was administered in grades 5, 8 & 11 as a census field test from May 14 - June 1, 2018. For more information on the new assessment, please use the tabs below or go to the RI NGSA portal.

2019 Test Administration Manuals and Resources

RI NGSA Portal:

Test Coordinator Manuals and Other Resources:

Test Administration Manuals and Other Resources:

Student Registration: Students are automatically loaded into the TIDE system nightly based on student enrollment submitted to RIDE through school and district information systems. Any adjustments to student registration for the RI NGSA must completed by updating the student enrollment record. School, district, and state users are not able to adjust student registration directly through the TIDE system. Districts and outplacement schools must work together to make sure outplaced students are correctly reflected in the TIDE system. 

Training Information

RI Next Generation Science Assessment Training

Test Coordinator Training (February, 2019): See the Test Coordinator Information tab for manuals and other resources needed by test coordinators to successfully plan for the NGSA.

Test Administrator Training Information: See the Test Coordinator Information tab for manuals and other resources needed by test administrators in order to successfully prepare for and administer the NGSA test.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities and English Learners


Technical Skills for Students

RI NGSA Technical Skills for Students (pdf) lists the technical skills students should have prior to testing so students are comfortable with the test platform.

Next Generation Science Standards Resources

For more resources on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), click here.

Help Desk Information

Rhode Island Next Generation Science Assessment Help Desk: 

Telephone:  866-757-9437 

Email: rihelpdesk@air.org

Portal: http://ri.portal.airast.org/

Please contact the help desk for questions regarding any AIR online systems including: the portal, the secure browser, TA Certification Course, the Practice Test, TIDE, the TA Interface, or the Student Interface. You may also call with questions about technology requirements and ordering any of the paper tests.

Please provide the help desk with a detailed description of your problem, as well as the following: 

  • If the issue pertains to a student, provide the SASID and associated district or school for that student. Do not provide the student’s name. 
  • If the issue pertains to a TIDE user, provide the user’s full name and email address.  
  • Any error messages that appeared. 

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