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RICAS Assessments

We are excited to announce that beginning in spring 2018, Rhode Island will be administering the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS) in grade 3-8 in English Language Arts and mathematics.

While this is a new assessment, several important attributes remain the same. Most importantly, our state standards have not changed. The RICAS is aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Instruction in our classrooms should continue to be aligned to these standards in English language arts and mathematics for all students.

  • Individual student testing time varies by grade ranging from 130 -140 in mathematics and 165-210 in English Language Arts.
  • A wide variety of accommodations are available for the RICAS assessments; there are new accommodations and accessibility features that will increase students’ ability to participate fully in taking these assessments.
  • The platform the test delivered through (TestNav8) is the same as the PARCC tests. This will ensure that students do not have to learn how to use a new platform.
  • The test items are a similar format and style that students experienced with PARCC; There will be released items and practice tests available. 
  • 2018 Test Coordinator Handbook
    2018 Test Coordinator Presentation
              RICAS 8.23.17 Family Letter

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