Comprehensive Assessment System (CAS)

A comprehensive assessment system is a coordinated plan for monitoring the academic achievement of students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Goal of the System

The goal of the comprehensive assessment system is to:

  • increase student learning by producing actionable data,
  • evaluate the effectiveness of programs, and
  • ensure that all students are making progress toward achieving learning goals.

The RI Criteria and Guidance for a Comprehensive Assessment System document can be viewed and downloaded below. The tools are intended for use in partnership with this document and as part of a collaborative process guided by the district or LEA.  Please note that the 'Criteria and Guidance' PDF and Appendices C-G contain the Sources section from the Full Document for referencing footnotes.

Full Document – Full document, including PDF versions of tools and the appendices.

Document Sections:

  • Criteria and Guidance 
    • Background and Rationale; 
    • Purposes of Assessment; 
    • Types of Assessment; 
    • Developing and Selecting Assessments; 
    • Interpreting and Communicating Data; 
    • Suggested Next Steps
  • Example of Tool from Guidance Document 
  • Appendix A: Assessment Matrix/Map Tool (Excel file will download)
  • Appendix B:  Considerations for Interim and Summative Assessments – Tool for considering whether or not an assessment is appropriate for district needs and capabilities.
  • Appendix C:  Best Practices in Reading and Writing Assessment
  • Appendix D:  Best Practices in Mathematics Assessment 
  • Appendix E:  Best Practices in Science Assessment 
  • Appendix F:  Best Practices in Social Studies Assessment 
  • Appendix G:  Best Practices in Early Childhood Assessment 
  • Self-Assessment Tool for Awareness, Planning, Support, and Practices