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RI State Science Assessment

The state science assessment for Rhode Island is an important component of the state’s comprehensive assessment system (CAS) and enables the RI Department of Education, districts, families and students to stay informed about the overall progress of students in science achievement. 

The NECAP science assessments will no longer be administered in Rhode Island. The new NGSS-aligned Science Assessment will be administered in grades 5, 8 & 11 as a census field test from May 14 - June 1, 2018. For resources on NGSS-aligned assessment, click here. More information about the new assessment will be posted on this page along with associated resources. 

Rhode Island seeks flexibility from the U.S. Department of Education for its science assessment in 2017-18 

RIDE needs your feedback! Since the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2013, science educators in Rhode Island have been working towards full implementation, aligning their curriculum and instruction to the new standards. RIDE is currently partnering to develop a new state assessment aligned to the NGSS to field test in the spring of 2018. Because RIDE will administer the NGSS-aligned field test to students in grades 5, 8, and 11 in lieu of the NECAP assessment, RIDE will petition the federal government for flexibility from mandatory reporting of student results. Please view this FAQ about the flexibility waiver and let RIDE know your thoughts on the flexibility survey. Feedback will help RIDE understand how the field is impacted by this change and all feedback will be submitted with the waiver application. 

2017-18 RI State Science Assessment Review Committees

Participate in the assessment development process! The Office of Instruction, Assessment and Curriculum is offering an opportunity for educators to participate in the development of the Rhode Island State Science Assessment. Teacher committees are essential to the work of creating a valid and reliable assessment system. In addition, participation in the assessment review process is a valuable professional learning opportunity. The application is currently open for science educators to apply for the Item Review and/or Bias & Sensitivity Review Committee, both held the week of January 8-12 in Providence, Rhode Island. Learn more about the committee opportunities and details in the linked document. K-12 teachers who have knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards, and/or educators who offer a unique perspective on one or more student specific subgroups are encouraged to apply online by Friday, December 8th

 

Released Items

Every year, some items from each of the NECAP assessments are released to the public, along with support materials and related examples of student work. 
Unless otherwise noted, all links are PDFs.

Grade 4

Released Items Support Materials Reference Sheet
2017
2016
2015 [1.1MB]
2014 [597KB]
2013 [337KB]
2012 [389KB]
2011 [464KB]
2010 [354KB]
2009 [295KB]
2008 [673KB]
2017 coming soon
2016
2015[23.9MB]
2014 [3.0MB]
2013 [4.1MB]
2012 [3.1MB]
2011 [15.9MB]
2010 [15.8MB]
2009 [5.7MB]
2008 [7.1MB]
None for 2017
None for 2016
None for 2015
None for 2014
None for 2013
None for 2012
None for 2011
None for 2010
None for 2009
None for 2008

Released Inquiry Tasks Answer Booklets Materials
2017: Spearfishing
2016: Magnetic Strength
2015: Percolation [1.9MB]
2014: Toy Skateboard Roll [646KB]
2013: Bees and Pollinators [1.37MB]
2012: Conductors and Insulators [657KB]
2011: Soil and Water [533KB]
2010: Sand Movers [1MB]
2009: Sled Pull [5.9MB]
2008: Birds and Beaks [1.6MB]
2017 Gr4 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet
2016 Gr4 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet
2015 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [762KB]

2014 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet  [400KB]
2013 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet  [722KB]
2012 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet  [389KB]
2011 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet  [864KB]
2010 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet  [1.1MB]
2009 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet  [1.3MB]
None for 2008
2017 Gr4 Inquiry Task Setup Instructions
2017 Gr4 Inquiry Task Distance Sheet
2017 Gr4 Inquiry Task Placemat
2016 Gr4 Inquiry Task Setup Instructions
2016 Gr4 Inquiry Task Placemat
2015 Inquiry Task Setup Instructions [21KB]
2015 Inquiry Task Placemat [177KB]
2014 Inquiry Task Setup Instructions [101KB]
2014 Inquiry Task Placemat [129KB]
2014 Inquiry Task Distance Sheet [141KB] 
2013 Inquiry Task Setup Instructions [63KB]
2013 Inquiry Task Placemat [96KB]
2013 Inquiry Task Pollen Drop Off Sheet [93KB]  
2012 Inquiry Task Placemat [534KB]
2011 Inquiry Task Placemat [163KB]
2010 Inquiry Task Placemat [358KB]
2009 Inquiry Task Placemat [31KB]
2008 Inquiry Task Placemat [27KB]

Grade 8

Released Items Support Materials Reference Sheet
2017
2016
2015 [847KB]
2014 [1.2MB]
2013 [1.0MB]
2012 [727KB]
2011 [707KB]
2010 [1.3MB]
2009 [222KB]
2008 [447KB]
2017
2016
2015 [3.2MB]
2014 [3.2MB]
2013 [3.4MB]
2012 [3.4MB]
2011 [2.9MB]
2010 [15MB]
2009 [3.6MB]
2008 [2.7MB]
None for 2017
2016 Gr8 Inquiry Task Map Reference Sheet
None for 2015
None for 2014
None for 2013
None for 2012
None for 2011
None for 2010
2009 [3.6MB]
None for 2008

Released Inquiry Tasks Answer Booklets Materials
2017: Energy from Moving Water
2016: Plate Tectonics
2015: Force of Friction [1.0 MB]
2014: Ecosystem [624KB]
2013: Density [212KB]
2012: Ocean Currents [1.1MB]
2011: Fox and Rabbits [540KB]
2010: Mass and Matter [1.3MB]
2009: Pond Weeds [4.0MB]
2008: Colliding Plates [396KB]
2017 Gr8 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet
2016 Gr8 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet
2015 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [1.2MB]

2014 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [215KB]
2013 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [172KB]
2012 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [113KB]
2011 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [465KB]
2010 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [331KB]
2009 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [116KB]
None for 2008
2017 Inquiry Task Setup Instructions
2017 Inquiry Task Placemat
None for 2016
2015 Inquiry Task Setup Instructions [21KB]

2015 Inquiry Task Placemat [124KB]

None for 2014
2013 Inquiry Task Setup Instructions [86KB]
2013 Inquiry Task Placemat [147KB]  
None for 2012
2011 Inquiry Task Rabbit Sheet [421KB] 
2011 Inquiry Task Transparencies Sheet [306KB]
2010 Inquiry Task Placemat [80KB]
None for 2009
2008 Inquiry Task Placemat [81KB]

Grade 11

Released Items Support Materials Reference Sheet
2017
2016
2015 [1.1MB]
2014 [319KB]
2013 [1.1MB]
2012 [390KB]
2011 [545KB]
2010 [822KB]
2009 [477KB]
2008 [505KB]
2017
2016
2015 [16.4MB]
2014 [3.0MB]
2013 [7.1MB]
2012 [3.8MB]
2011 [11.8MB]
2010 [10MB]
2009
[2.4MB]
2008 [2.6MB]
None for 2017
None for 2016
None for 2015
None for 2014
None for 2013
None for 2012
None for 2011
None for 2010
2009 [160KB]
None for 2008

Released Inquiry Tasks Answer Booklets Materials
2017: A Cool Investigation
2016: Active Volcano
2015: Aleutian Islands Kelp [1.5MB]

2014: The Throwing Contest [944KB]
2013: Lifetime of the Sun [504KB]
2012: Mercury in Fish [675KB]
2011: Antifreeze [963KB]
2010: Cod on Georges Bank [1MB]
2009: Location [1.3MB]
2008: Driver’s Ed (see 2008 Released Items document)
2017 Gr11 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet
2016 Gr11 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet
2015 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [231KB]

2014 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [107KB]
2013 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [175KB]
2012 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [107KB]
2011 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [105KB]
2010 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [154KB]
2009 Inquiry Task Answer Booklet [116KB]
No Inquiry Task Answer Booklet for 2008
None for 2017
None for 2016
None for 2015
None for 2014
None for 2013
None for 2012
None for 2011
None for 2010
2009 Inquiry Task ShakeMap Sheet [3.7MB]
None for 2008

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