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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 is able to fund student licenses for LEA use of high quality interim assessments in ELA and math.

LEAs may choose 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). The application is by grade level only this year – the vendor selected will reach out to each LEA confirm numbers of licenses needed according to enrollment for each grade level. LEAs interested in participating must complete this online application by Friday, July 16, 2021.

RIDE will send out additional information and guidance in the coming weeks to help participating LEAs plan implementation. RIDE will also be announcing a funding opportunity soon focusing on science interim assessments. For questions about either opportunity, please contact assessment@ride.ri.gov.

NEW! 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.

LEAs interested in participation and commitment are encouraged to view the recorded informational session and slide deck before completing the online application.

For questions about this opportunity, 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

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

Overview

Remote Administration

Sample Parent Letters & Resources

Student/Teacher Resources

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

  • 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