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Assessment Manuals & Materials

On this page, you can find test manuals and other test-specific information needed by test coordinators, test administrators, technology coordinators, and data managers to prepare for each statewide assessment.

For information about the following topics for all statewide assessments, please follow the link to its corresponding page:

Use the navigation menu to find general information about each assessment in the statewide assessment system.

RISAPManuals

All Assessments

ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs

ACCESS for ELLs

 

Preparing Your District or School for ACCESS

Getting Your Account for the WIDA AMS

Verifying Student Enrollment and LEP Census Data

  • Participation Requirements
  • Outplacement Enrollment Report

Completing Your Training

  • WIDA Secure Portal
  • For Test Coordinators:
    • Test Coordinator Manual
  • For Test Administrators:
    • Test Administrator Manual

Selecting Accommodations and Test Supports for Students

Setting Up Testing Devices

Practice Tests, Released Items and Preparing Students for ACCESS:

Informing Families:

What to do if you need help:

 

DLM Alternate Assessments

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternate Assessments

This page is designed to compliment the checklists (download below). The checklists will guide you through learning about and preparing for the DLM alternate assessments. If you have questions after you review the checklists and materials below, contact your district testing coordinator or contact assessment@ride.ri.gov. 

  • Checklists: Depending on your role, you will need at least one of the checklists below. These checklists will help you stay organized and ensure you have a successful test administration.
    • Test Coordinator Checklist
    • Test Administrator Checklist

Determining Eligibility for Alternate Assessments

Every student who takes the alternate assessments must meet the criteria for eligibility. Determining eligibility involves collecting data and evidence about the student's abilities and then evaluating whether or not that evidence meets the criteria for allowing the student to take the alternate assessments. 

Getting an Account in Educator Portal

  • Educator Portal User Guide
  • Kite Educator Portal (EP): This is where all test management activities will take place: districts will create teacher accounts and student rosters and where they will run reports to monitor testing activities. Teachers will use EP to complete the First Contact Survey and Personal Needs and Preferences Profile for each student, and download testing tickets during testing, among other activities.

Completing Test Coordinator or Test Administrator Training

  • For Test Coordinators:
  • For Test Administrators:
    • DLM Guide to Required Training (Rhode Island Edition): This guide outlines the training requirements for test administrators and the options you have as a district in how to ensure that you train everyone who will administer the DLM assessments, what you need in order to access the Moodle site, and how to tell weather you will take the new or returning teacher training.
    • Moodle Training Site: This is the self-paced training modules are located and where districts may access the facilitated training materials. Districts decide which test administrator training option will be used in their district. Contact your district testing coordinator or special education director for training details.
    • You will also need the following documents:
      • Test Administrator Manual
      • Accessibility Manual
      • ELA, Math, and Science Materials Collections Lists
      • Educator Resource Videos

    Setting up Testing Devices

    • Technology Specifications Manual
    • Student Portal (SP): This is an application that must be downloaded to all devices used for DLM testing by your district technology coordinator. This page takes technology coordinators to the technology specifications, instructions, and versions for various devices needed for the DLM assessments.

    Setting up Student Profiles in Kite Educator Portal

    Using Practice Activities and Released Testlets

RICAS ELA and Math

Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS)

If you are a district test coordinator and cannot login to PAN, please email assessment@ride.ri.gov for an account reset or creation. School test coordinators please email your district test coordinator to re-enable or create your account.

Preparing Your District or School:

In addition to using the resources in the All Assessments tab above, those listed below are specific to this assessment:

  • RICAS Resource Center (resources for test coordinators, test administrators, technology coordinators, and students and families; guides and training modules; practice tests and released items; links to all RICAS sites)
  • RICAS Service Center (order additional paper test materials - not including pre-printed Student ID Labels PCPA completion after testing)

Getting Your Account Set up in PearsonAccessNext (PAN)

  • PearsonAccessNext User Guide

Completing Your Training and Preparing for Test Administration:

  • For Test Coordinators
    • Test Coordinator Manual
    • Test Security Requirements
    • PAN Training Site ("brown" site)
    • RICAS Resource Center: Resources for test coordinators, test administrators, technology coordinators, and students and families; guides and training modules; practice tests and released items, links to all RICAS sites.
  • For Test Administrators
    • Test Administrator Manual for Computer-Based Testing
      • Scripts for Computer-Based Testing: scripts are excerpted from each TAM for each content area.
        • RICAS TAM for CBT - ELA Script Only
        • RICAS TAM for CBT - Math Script Only (English)
        • RICAS TAM for CBT - Math Script Only (Spanish)
    • Test Administrator Manual for Paper-Based Testing
      • Scripts for Paper-Based Testing: scripts are excerpted from each TAM for each content area.
        • RICAS TAM for PBT - ELA Script Only
        • RICAS TAM for PBT - Math Script Only (English)
        • RICAS TAM for PBT - Math Script Only (Spanish
    • Materials Lists:
      • ELA Materials List: grades 3 - 8
      • Mathematics List: grades 3 and 4
      • Mathematics List: grades 5 and 6
      • Mathematics List: grade 7
      • Mathematics List: grade 8
      • Calculator Policy
  • Standard Mathematics Reference Sheets by Grade: The reference sheets below are for all students according to grade level to use during the RICAS mathematics tests (note that grade 3 and grade 4 do not have reference sheets, only rulers). Reference sheets for paper-based testing will be shipped with the paper test and answer booklets. Please note that Supplemental Mathematics Reference Sheets are an accommodation only available to students who meet the criteria to receive them. These reference sheets are posted on the accommodations web page.
    • Grade 3: No standard reference sheet available, only rulers
    • Grade 4: No standard reference sheet available, only rulers
    • Grade 5
    • Grade 6
    • Grade 7
    • Grade 8

Configuring PearsonAccessNext(PAN)

Configuring Testing Devices

  • Best Practices for RICAS Computer-Based Set-Up, Administration, and Troubleshooting
  • Guide for Using Assistive Technology as RICAS Test Accommodation
  • PAN Training Site ("brown site") use this site to conduct infrastructure trials.
  • Technology Setup: TestNav8 This site contains documents and information on:
    • Downloading the TestNav8 App
    • Proctor Caching
    • TestNav System Requirements
    • Download TestNav8
    • TestNav* User Guide
    • TestNav8 System Layout
    • Using TestNav8 on a Chromebook
    • Using TestNav8 on an iPad
    • TestNav8 Error Codes

Informing Families

SAT and PSAT 10

RI PSAT10 and SAT School Day

Use the documents and links below for information about administering the PSAT10 and SAT School Day as part of the state assessment system. This information is for the state assessment administration of the PSAT10 and SAT only. Information on College Board's other PSAT and SAT administrations, such as Saturday administrations, can be found on the College Board website.

The SAT and the PSAT 10 will be administered via computer. This is a high-level overview of the computer-based administration information:

  • LEAs may choose to administer the SAT and the PSAT 10 over as many days during the testing window as fits the school schedule.
  • Paper-based editions of the SAT and the PSAT 10 will be available as accommodations for students with disabilities, homeschooled students, and students enrolled in schools outside of Rhode Island.

General Information for PSAT10 and SAT School Day

  • Test Coordinator Contact Update Form: Use this form to update your school's test coordinator information in the College Board system. You will need your school's AI Code to complete the form. 
  • Test Coordinator Checklist [PDF]: ensures test coordinators will not miss any important steps as they prepare for the RI SAT School Day and PSAT10 state assessment administrations.
  • Instructions for accessing the online training for PSAT10 and SAT [PDF]
  • Hall and Room Monitor Training Presentation [PDF]
  • Student Privacy Letter [PDF]: This letter will be printed and included in materials shipments to schools administering the SAT as part of the state assessment system. This letter should be provided to families to ensure that they know and understand what sections of the questionnaire are optional and which are required.
  • College Board Digital Testing Site: This web page provides information and access to the following:
    • College Board TIDE
    • Practice using the TA Interface
    • Install the Secure Browser
    • Access Online Training

Setting up Testing Devices

  • College Board Digital Testing site
  • Quick Guide for Setting Up Your Digital Testing Technology
  • Operating System Support Plan
  • Chrome OS Technology Guide
  • Windows Technology Guide
  • macOS Technology Guide
  • iPad Technology Guide
  • Linux Technology Guide

Manuals and Materials

RI SAT SCHOOL DAY: 

PSAT10

  • PSAT 10 Digital Test Coordinator ManualThis manual includes information on school setup, preparing to test students with disabilities, and staffing and space needs. Also includes official test day scripts and testing room procedures for proctors in standard and nonstandard rooms.

Student Registration

The following information applies to the state administrations of PSAT10 and SAT. It does not apply to any other administration of a College Board test.

  • RIDE will provide all student registration information to the College Board. This file will also be used to create the digital registrations for the RI SAT School Day and PSAT10. This file will also be used to create Pre-ID labels for any paper tests required by students for accommodations and RI students enrolled in out-of-state schools.
  • Please ensure that all student information in the Enrollment Census and Special Education Census are correct and accurate. Please note:
    • only grade 10 and grade 11 students will be registered.
    • students taking the alternate assessments must have alternate assessment as their Testing Code (code 3) in the Special Education Census so they are not registered by mistake.
  • DO NOT use the College Board's Test Ordering Site to order PSAT 10 or SAT School Day test materials for the RI state assessment administrations.

 

Next Generation Science Assessments (NGSA)

Next Generation Science Assessments (NGSA)

 

Preparing Your District or School for NGSA

In addition to using the resources in the All Assessments tab above, those listed below are specific to this assessment:

Getting Your Account Set Up in TIDE

  • Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) User Guide

Verifying Student Enrollment Data

  • Participation Requirements
  • Outplacement Enrollment Report

Completing Your Training

Selecting Accommodations and Test Supports for Students

Setting Up Testing Devices

Configuring TIDE

  • Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) User Guide
  • Understanding and Creating Rosters
  • NGSA Assistive Technology Manual

Practice Tests, Released Items and Preparing Students for ACCESS:

Informing Families:

What to do if you need help: