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RI Next Generation Science Assessments

In May, 2018, Rhode Island administered a new science assessment aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). 

This new assessment, the Rhode Island Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA), replaced the NECAP science assessments. The NGSA was administered in grades 5, 8 & 11 as a census field test from May 14 - June 1, 2018. For more information on the new assessment, please use the tabs below or go to the RI NGSA portal.

RICAS and NGSA Surveys:

Thank you to Test Coordinators, Test Administrators, and all district and school staff for your hard work through the 2018 state assessment season! RIDE requests your feedback on the grades 3-8 RICAS and grade 5, 8, and 11 Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA). 

All district and school staff who participated in test coordination and administration are invited to respond to the RICAS Feedback Survey (www.surveymonkey.com/r/8SWMB6F) and the NGSA Feedback Survey (www.surveymonkey.com/r/8MWZYSV). District and School Test Coordinators, please complete and share with your Test Administrators. The survey will remain open through Friday, June 22, 2018. Email feedback can also be sent to assessment@ride.ri.gov.


Test Coordinator Information

RI NGSA Test Coordinator in-person training presentation describes the structure of the new assessment, student registration processes, how to access and update accommodations, accessing practice tests, and teacher training.

RI NGSA portal contains links to the practice tests, R NGSA documents, access to the Test Distribution Engine, and TIDE.

Test Administration Information

Training Information

RI Next Generation Science Assessment Test Coordinator Training

Test Design Information

Information will be posted soon!

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities and English Learners

The RI NGSA Accessibility and Accommodations Manual (pdf) contains information on accessibility features and designated supports for all students as well as information about accommodations for students with disabilities and English learners, Unique Accommodations Forms, and how to upload and manage accommodations and other test supports in the online testing platform. Please see the Test Coordinator Training presentation for additional information about the RI NGSA. (Updated 4.25.2018 to reflect accommodations for EL students and guidelines for human read aloud, ASL, and simplified directions).

Technical Skills for Students

RI NGSA Technical Skills for Students (pdf) lists the technical skills students should have prior to testing so students are comfortable with the test platform.

Next Generation Science Standards Resources

For more resources on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), click here.

Help Desk Information

Rhode Island Next Generation Science Assessment Help Desk: 

Telephone:  866-757-9437 

Email: rihelpdesk@air.org

Portal: http://ri.portal.airast.org/

Please contact the help desk for questions regarding any AIR online systems including: the portal, the secure browser, TA Certification Course, the Practice Test, TIDE, the TA Interface, or the Student Interface. You may also call with questions about technology requirements and ordering any of the paper tests.

Please provide the help desk with a detailed description of your problem, as well as the following: 

  • If the issue pertains to a student, provide the SASID and associated district or school for that student. Do not provide the student’s name. 
  • If the issue pertains to a TIDE user, provide the user’s full name and email address.  
  • Any error messages that appeared. 

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