National Center and State Consortium (NCSC)
Similar to the PARCC assessment consortium, Rhode Island is a member state of an alternate assessment consortium called the National Center and State Consortium (NCSC). NCSC is a partnership of 26 states working together to design a new alternate assessment based on the CCSS, which will replace the Rhode Island Alternate Assessment (RIAA).
Beginning in 2014-15, the NCSC alternate assessment will become the state assessment for the small number of students who cannot participate in traditionally-designed large-scale assessments like NECAP and PARCC. The NCSC is based on the Common Core State Standards in English language arts, mathematics.
The NCSC assessment is designed for the unique needs of students with moderate, severe, and profound cognitive disabilities. Students who were eligible to participate in the Rhode Island Alternate Assessment will be eligible to participate in the NCSC assessment. The 2013-14 school is busy as the transition to the NCSC gets underway. For complete information on the NCSC assessment, the timeline and requirements of the pilot test, standards, and what you can do to prepare, please see the tabs below.
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