Science — and therefore science education — is central to the lives of all Americans, preparing them to be informed citizens in a democracy and knowledgeable consumers.

Students observing fishPlease note that although Rhode Island has adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects ("Literacy in the Content Areas"), and the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics, the Common Core State Standards do not cover science content and therefore do not replace the Rhode Island Science GSEs. 

The Science GSEs and the Science NECAP assessment will continue to be in effect. 

This document, Rhode Island K-12 Grade Span Expectations (GSEs) in Engineering and Technology [PDF, 129 KB, updated June 2011] has been developed as a means to identify the concepts and skills necessary to foster literacy in Engineering and Technology expected of all students. The GSEs provide direction for in-depth learning and application of skills that will be required to meet the challenges of a future that is increasingly dependent upon a STEM literate workforce.

The RI Engineering and Technology GSEs were informed by the International Technology and Engineering Education Association (ITEEA) Standards for Technological Literacy. They are intended as guidelines that represent the aspects of the Engineering and Technology curriculum at each grade span and are meant to illuminate the elements of the designed world. The intent of this document is to inform local curriculum development, not to restrict it. The RI Engineering and Technology GSEs assessment targets encompass the content eligible for inclusion in local assessment.

Testing Schedule

  • Grades Tested: 4, 8, 11 
  • Administration Dates: May 5 - 22, 2014

Test Administration Materials


Released Items / Inquiry Tasks

The National Academies of Science, Achieve, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Science Teachers Association have embarked on a two-step process to develop the NGSS.  The first step of the process has been led by The National Academies of Science, a non-governmental organization commissioned in 1863 to advise the nation on scientific and engineering issues.  The National Research Council (NRC), the functional staffing arm of the National Academies of Science, has developed the Framework for K-12 Science Education.  The Framework is grounded in the most current research on science and science learning and has identified the science all K–12 students should know.  In step-two, managed by Achieve, Rhode Island and 26 other states will lead the development of rigorous and internationally benchmarked science standards that will be faithful to the Framework.

For more information, go to the NGSS page.

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