Comprehensive Assessment System (CAS)

student writingA 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.


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More Information

Click on a link below for more information about additional CAS initiatives:

CAS Guidance & Resources


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.

Additional Resources

  • Professional Development Online Modules on the Formative Assessment Process – Project Overview Flyer [PDF, 135KB]
  • CASe Study:  Coventry, January 2012
    Districts around the state are working to develop and refine their Comprehensive Assessment Systems.  In an effort to highlight successes and encourage learning from each other, RIDE has developed a CASe Study to show how one district has approached this work.  In the accompanying presentation to the Coventry School Committee in January 2012, Assistant Superintendent Jim Erinakes and Professional Development Coordinator Amy Anzalone describe the process of developing their elementary assessment system and many of its key features.

Quarterly Updates Memo

Quarterly updates on the Comprehensive Assessment System and its related projects will be posted here.

Monthly webinar hosted by the Office of Instruction, Assessment & Curriculum on creating a Comprehensive Assessment System and other topics related to assessment.

ALL Webinars have been recorded and posted to this site for future reference and use within your schools/districts. Click the date to download / view the recorded webinar through Windows Media Player.

Trouble viewing a webinar? You may need to download and install a codec. The GoToMeeting codec allows you to watch recorded meetings using Windows Media Player 9 or higher without subscribing to GoToMeeting.

Date/ Recording Link Topic
September 28, 2011:
Webinar #1 Recording [WMV, 19.7MB]
Webinar #1 PowerPoint [PPT, 1MB]
Topic: Defining a CAS and how it supports other Race to the Top (RTTT) initiatives.
Duration: approx. 35 minutes.
October 5, 2011:
Webinar #2 Recording [WMV, 13.9MB]
Webinar #2 PowerPoint [PPT, 479KB]
Topic: All things NECAP (NECAP Q&A)
Duration: approx. 15 minutes.
October 12, 2011:
Webinar #3 Recording [WMV, 35.1MB]
Webinar #3 PowerPoint [PPT, 1MB] 
Topic: CAS & Student Learning Objectives
Duration: approx. 48 minutes.
October 19, 2011:
Webinar #4 Recording [WMV, 25.7MB]
Webinar #4 PowerPoint [PPT, 610KB]
Topic: Taking inventory using the Assessment Maps (Appendix A)
Duration: approx. 20 minutes.
November 9, 2011:
Webinar #5 Recording [WMV, 50.7MB]
Webinar #5 PowerPoint [PPT, 490KB]
Topic: Follow up on Assessment Maps (Appendix A) & Next Steps (Self Assessment)
Duration: approx. 40 minutes.
December 14, 2011:
Webinar #6 Recording [WMV, 21.9MB]
Webinar #6 PowerPoint [PPT, 683KB]
Topic: Validity & Reliability
Duration: approx. 37 minutes.
January 11, 2012:
Webinar #7 Recording [WMV, 32MB]
Webinar #7 PowerPoint [PPT, 1.2MB]
Topic: Cultural & Linguistic Demands of Assessments
Duration: approx. 36 minutes.
February 8, 2012:
Webinar #8 Recording [WMV, 55.3MB]
Webinar #8 PowerPoint [PPT, 989KB]
Topic: Interpreting NECAP Results
Duration: approx. 53 minutes.
March 14, 2012:
Webinar #9 Recording [WMV, 34.6MB]
Webinar #9 PowerPoint [PPT, 2.6MB]
Topic: What is Response to Intervention?
Duration: approx. 40 minutes.
April 11, 2012:
Webinar #10 Recording [WMV, 49.3MB]
Webinar #10 PowerPoint [PPT, 1MB]
Topic: PARCC
Duration: approx. 45 minutes.
May 9, 2012:
Webinar #11 Recording [WMV, 82.5MB]
Webinar #11 PowerPoint [PPT, 687KB]
RIGM Training Worksheet [PDF, 354KB]
Topic: The Rhode Island Growth Model
Duration: approx. 47 minutes.
June 13, 2012:
Webinar #12 Recording – Part 1 [WMV, 5.5MB]
Webinar #12 Recording – Part 2 [WMV, 322.5MB]
Webinar #12 PowerPoint [PPT, 1.9MB] 
Topic: Assessment in Early Childhood
Duration: Part 1: 8 minutes; Part 2: 30 minutes.
NOTE: Due to a technical glitch, this webinar is posted in two parts.

Site Documents

Documents on this site require the use of the following programs:

DOC - Microsoft Word

PDF - Acrobat Reader

PPT - Microsoft PowerPoint

XLS - Microsoft Excel