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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. 

2019 RI Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) Committees

2019 RI Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) Committees

This past administration, 2019, was the first operational year of the NGSA. Rhode Island, with its partner state of Vermont, must now write Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) and set standards for achievement at each proficiency level. Both meetings are an integral and important part of the assessment process.

RIDE is recruiting for two roles:

1)      Table Leaders: (APPLY HERE)

a.       Responsibilities:

  •  Attend the ALD meeting on July 25th in New Hampshire.  (City TBD)
  •  Attend the Standard Setting meeting on August 5th and 6th in Concord, NH.
  •  Prepare for a leadership position during the Standards Setting Meeting.

b.       Knowledge:

  •  Strong experience with assessment, preferable state summative assessment (like NGSA or NECAP)
  •  Deep knowledge of NGSS
  •  Prior experience with group leadership (running PLCs, leading other peer groups, etc.)

2)      Committee Members (APPLY HERE)

a.       Responsibilities:

  •  Attend the ALD meeting OR the Standard Setting meeting. Do not need to attend both.
  •  Attend meetings for the full session. We will not be able to accommodate arriving late/leaving early.
  •  Participate fully in the meeting sessions.

b.       Knowledge:

  •  Strong experience with assessment, preferable state summative assessment (like NGSA or NECAP)
  •  Deep knowledge of NGSS

Logistics:

ALD Meeting

-  When: July 25, 2019

-  Meeting location: Concord or Nashua, NH (exact location not secured yet)

-  Lodging: same location as meeting

-  Mileage: reimbursed at federal government rate

-  Stipend: $150

-   Meals: breakfast and lunch provided on meeting day; dinner per diem for nights spent in hotel 

Standard Setting

-  When: August 5 – 6, 2019

-  Meeting: The Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave. , Concord, NH 03301

-  Lodging: Courtyard by Marriot, 70 Constitution Ave., Concord, NH 03301

-  Mileage: reimbursed at federal government rate

-  Stipend: $150 per day

-  Meals: breakfast and lunch provided on meeting days; dinner per diem for nights spent in hotel

 

Table Leads must attend BOTH the ALD meeting on July 25th, 2019 and the Standard Setting Meeting on August 5th- 6th, 2019.

All participants must be able to participate the full day on any dates.

Applications are due June 7th, 2019.  Apply online to be a table lead or committee member.

Email Kate Schulz: kate.schulz@ride.ri.gov with any questions.

 

 

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