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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.

Test Coordinator Information

Resources:

Test Administration Resources:

Student Registration: Students are automatically loaded into the TIDE system nightly based on student enrollment submitted to RIDE through school and district information systems. Any adjustments to student registration for the RI NGSA must completed by updating the student enrollment record. School, district, and state users are not able to adjust student registration directly through the TIDE system. Districts and outplacement schools must work together to make sure outplaced students are correctly reflected in the TIDE system. 

During the week of February 4, 2019:

  • The TIDE test management system will open for RI NGSA. The updated TIDE User Guide will also post at this time. When TIDE opens, existing users will receive an email from the AIR Help Desk with instructions for re-setting passwords. AIR will load new district users, who will also receive a password email. As with other assessments, districts will manage adding and updating other district and school-level users. 
  • The updated Training Test will be available. The sample items in the training test updated with new content will be available on the RI NGSA Portal here. The updated Training Test User Guide and Student Instructions will also be available at the opening of the training test.

Training Information

RI Next Generation Science Assessment Test Coordinator Training

In-person test coordinator training will be held the last week of February. Registration links will be posted here once arrangements are finalized.

Training Modules: By February 12, two training modules will post on the RI NGSA Portal. These recorded modules are available to view at any time following posting. 

  • The Technology Requirements for Online Testing module will prepare Technology Coordinators for the administration of online NGSA tests. 
  • The TIDE System module for Test Coordinators will overview the functionality of the TIDE test management system for operational testing. 

Test Design Information

Information will be posted soon!

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities and English Learners

 

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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