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Interim Assessments

Interim assessments are intended to support measurement of student learning progress at certain points throughout the year, as well as to diagnose learning gaps and inform teachers where students need additional supports.

SY2021-22 Interim Assessments Funding Opportunities


ELA/Literacy and Mathematics

As continued support to local education agencies (LEAs) in the upcoming 2021-22 school year, RIDE was able to fund student licenses for LEA use of high quality interim assessments in ELA and math. The application window for LEAs to submit their requests to participate has closed.

Participating LEAs chose one ELA assessment and one math assessment per grade level (grades K-12) from the following vendors: Curriculum Associates (i-Ready Diagnostic Assessment) and/or Renaissance Learning (includes Star Early Literacy/Star Reading, Star Math). Each participating LEA should pick a 2-3 week interims administration period within each of the larger windows as listed here:

  • Fall: August 30 - November 15, 2021
  • Winter: January 3 - February 26, 2022
  • Spring: May 2 - June 24, 2022

Science

As continued support to LEAs in the upcoming 2021-22 school year, RIDE is able to fund student licenses for LEA use of NGSS 3-Dimensional Science Interim Assessments, which are high-quality interim assessments in science for grades 3-11. These assessments are intended to support measurement of student learning progress on specific Performance Expectations throughout the year, as well as to diagnose learning needs and inform teachers where students need additional support.

Participating LEAs and educators may access resources from the LEA Science Interim Assessment Support Session in the Science Interims Resources section of this page.

For questions, please contact erin.escher@ride.ri.gov or assessment@ride.ri.gov.

Background

In summer 2020, RIDE created a Master Price Agreement with vendors for interim assessments to support LEAs in measuring student learning throughout the 2020-2021 school year. The funding has been extended for the 2021-22 school year. RIDE developed this page to support LEAs participating in this funding opportunity for both school years.

In August 2020, RIDE released a short document about Assessment Best Practices and re-entry guidance that describes a cycle of four best practices for using assessment to measure student learning, diagnose learning gaps and unfinished learning, and guide instructional decisions. To support LEAs and schools, RIDE created this Interim Assessments Guidance document which details a number of steps recommended to be implemented prior to administering interim assessments.

Educator Resources

i-Ready Assessment: Diagnostic

Basic Information

  • Vendor: Curriculum Associates
  • Assessment: i-Ready Assessment: Diagnostic
  • Grade/Content Area: K-12 ELA, K-12 Math

Manuals/Overview

Remote Administration

Sample Parent Letters & Resources

Accommodations Guidance

Technology Guidelines

Student/Teacher Resources

Help Desk Information

  • Email: i-ReadySupport@cainc.com
  • Phone: 1 (800) 225-0248
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET
  • i-Ready Central

Star Reading / Star Math

Basic Information

  • Vendor: Renaissance Learning
  • Assessment: Star Early Literacy / Star Reading / Star Math
  • Grade/Content Area: K-12 Math, K-12 ELA

Manuals

Remote Administration Documents

Remote Guides include videos. The Family Guide - including an introductory video - is available in multiple languages.

Sample Parent Letters and Resources

The Parent Report (p. 22) is available in English and Spanish. Parents can also opt in to receive information electronically via Home Connect.

Technology Guidelines

Student/Teacher Resources

  • The Key Reports Book highlights some of the key Star reports you can use to answer questions about how well students are performing, what to prioritize for instruction and practice, and how quickly students are growing.
  • The Star Assessment Toolkit offers a simplified plan with five basic steps focused on improving instruction and learning regardless of what back -to-school 2020 looks like for your school or district.

Accommodations

Help Desk Information / Hours

  • Support@renaissance.com
  • 800-338-4204
  • Live chat available in product **most popular**
  • Renaissance technical experts are available weekdays from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time

Science Interims Resources

LEA Science Interim Assessment Support Session Resources


Download the Slide Deck: RI NGSS Interim Assessment Support Overview [PPTX] or review the Recording: RI NGSS Interim Assessment Support Overview [MP4].

All PDF resources can be found on the RI Science Assessment Portal

Teachers


Administrators

Resources for Families

i-Ready Assessment: Diagnostic

Basic Information

  • Vendor: Curriculum Associates
  • Assessment: i-Ready Assessment: Diagnostic
  • Grade/Content Area: K-12 ELA, K-12 Math

Manuals/Overview

Remote Administration

Sample Parent Letters & Resources

Accommodations Guidance

Technology Guidelines

Student/Teacher Resources

Help Desk Information

  • Email: i-ReadySupport@cainc.com
  • Phone: 1 (800) 225-0248
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET
  • i-Ready Central

Star Reading / Star Math

Basic Information

  • Vendor: Renaissance Learning
  • Assessment: Star Early Literacy / Star Reading / Star Math
  • Grade/Content Area: K-12 ELA, K-12 Math

Remote Administration Documents

Remote Guides include videos. The Family Guide - including an introductory video - is available in multiple languages.

Sample Parent Letters and Resources

The Parent Report (p. 22) is available in English and Spanish. Parents can also opt in to receive information electronically via Home Connect.

Student/Teacher Resources

  • The Key Reports Book highlights some of the key Star reports you can use to answer questions about how well students are performing, what to prioritize for instruction and practice, and how quickly students are growing.
  • The Star Assessment Toolkit offers a simplified plan with five basic steps focused on improving instruction and learning regardless of what back -to-school 2020 looks like for your school or district.

Help Desk Information

i-Ready Assessment: Diagnostic

Basic Information

  • Vendor: Curriculum Associates
  • Assessment: i-Ready Assessment: Diagnostic
  • Grade/Content Area: K-12 ELA, K-12 Math

Manuals/Overview

Remote Administration

Sample Parent Letters & Resources

Accommodations Guidance

Technology Guidelines

Student/Teacher Resources

Help Desk Information

  • Email: i-ReadySupport@cainc.com
  • Phone: 1 (800) 225-0248
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET
  • i-Ready Central

Star Reading / Star Math

  • Support@renaissance.com
  • 800-338-4204
  • Live chat available in product **most popular**
  • Renaissance technical experts are available weekdays from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time