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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 information relating to NGSA test administration, please select one of the following topical links:

For all other information about the NGSA, visit the RI NGSA Portal or select from the following options.

Next Generation Science Standards Resources

For more resources on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), click here.

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.

2019-20 RI Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) Committees

The Office of Instruction, Assessment and Curriculum is offering an opportunity for classroom teachers and other educators to participate in the development of the RI State Science Assessment for grades 5, 8, and 11. We believe that teacher committees are essential to the work of creating a valid and reliable assessment system. Educators who have participated in test development committees in the past have also found the experience to be a valuable professional learning opportunity. Following is a description of the Item Review Committee and the Bias & Sensitivity Review Committee as well as important information about the Committee meetings, requirements for participation, and application process.

Description of Review Comittees


Bias & Sensitivity Review Committee

As part of preparing items for the RI Next Generation Science Assessment, items will be reviewed to ensure that they are free from language or content that may negatively impact the test performance of a specific group of students. This work will be done by a team of 10-14 educators with 5 to 7 teachers each from Rhode Island and Vermont. These educators have experience working with students of specific subgroups (e.g., racial, ethnic or religious groups, rural or urban interests, differently-abled, recent immigrants, or multilingual learners).

To qualify for this committee, educators should meet the following criteria:

  • have current and direct experience teaching or working with students from specific subgroups,
  • offer a unique perspective on one or more specific student subgroups, and
  • be willing and able to work intensively on a team of educators.

complete the online application

Item Review Committee

As part of preparing items for the RI State Science Assessment, items will be reviewed for their alignment to the appropriate grade level/band NGSS Performance Expectation, student accessibility, and instructional relevance. This work will be done by a team of 18-24 educators at each grade level (5, 8 and 11) with 9 to 12 teachers per grade level each from Rhode Island and Vermont.

To qualify for this committee, educators should meet the following criteria:

  • have knowledge and experience with the Next Generation Science Standards,
  • have experience teaching at the relevant grade span, and
  • be willing and able to work intensively on a team of educators.

complete the online application

Committee Meeting Dates & Location


The Bias &Sensitivity Committee and Item Review Committee will meet from 8 am to 4 pm (breakfast and registration starting at 7:30 am) for two consecutive days November 18th-19th, 2019. While applicants who cannot attend the Committee on both days will be considered for participation, applicants who can attend both days will be given preference.

  • Location: The Item Review Committee and Bias & Sensitivity Review Committee meetings will be held in Vermont (exact location to be determined). Additional details will be provided at a later date to members of each committee.
  • Transportation/Mileage: Once participants have been selected, it is their responsibility to arrange for transportation to and from the committee meetings. Participants who drive their own cars to and from the meetings will be reimbursed for mileage at the current federal rate.
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all committee participants on the day that their committee meets.
  • Committee Assignment: Because the Item Review and Bias & Sensitivity Review Committees for each grade level will meet concurrently, selected members can only serve on one or the other on a given day. You may, however, submit your application to one or both committees for consideration.
  • Reimbursement for Substitute: Each LEA will be reimbursed for substitute pay or for teacher stipend up to $150/day for each participating educator from their LEA.

Requirements for Participation


Committee members must be prepared to fulfill the following commitments as a member of Rhode Island’s Item Review Committee or Bias & Sensitivity Review Committee:

  1. To be present from 8 am to 4 pm on the day that their Committee is scheduled to meet.
  2. To notify RIDE immediately if they are unable to participate on their designated review committee for part or all of the scheduled dates and times.
  3. To comply with the review process as instructed by the committee facilitators.

Application Process


Educators must complete the online application and meet minimum criteria in order to be considered for participation on one of the committees.

Applications are due by 8 am on Monday, October 21, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by email no later than October 25, 2019.

We hope that you will consider applying to represent Rhode Island’s students as a member of the Item Review Committee or the Bias & Sensitivity Review Committee. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

For questions regarding the RI State Science Assessment Review Committees, please contact: Erin Escher at erin.escher@ride.ri.gov or Kate Schulz at kate.schulz@ride.ri.gov.

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