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Released Items & Item Analysis

Each year, some items on the prior state assessment are released to help educators and families better understand the expectations of the assessment and to analyze student performance.

In addition to released items, practice tests and other resources are also made available for Rhode Island's state assessments.

ACCESS for ELLs

Coming soon!

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) alternate assessments

​Using DLM Released Testlets and Practice Testlets


Released Testlets and Practice Activities are available in two ways:

  1. PDF documents can be downloaded at https://dynamiclearningmaps.org/about/tests/releasedtestlets. There are testlets available for elementary, middle, and high school grades in English language arts, mathematics, and science.  Kite Student Portal is not needed in order to use the released testlets.
  2. Through the Kite Student Portal: To access the released testlets and practice activities, follow these two steps:
    1. Install the Kite Student Portal on the testing device (or devices). Contact your district or school technology coordinator for assistance. The technology specifications and device options can be found here: https://dynamiclearningmaps.org/requirements. NOTE: This is a new version of Kite Student Portal. The old version should be removed and the new version should be installed on all testing devices prior to testing or using the released or practice testlets.
    2. Download and read Instructions for logging in. These documents provide instructions and login information for accessing the practice testlets for DLM. You can use these practice testlets with your students at any time.

National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP)

NAEP Questions Tool

The NAEP Questions Tool (NQT) is a database of over 3,000 released questions from past NAEP assessments in all subject areas. Users can search for questions by grade level, difficulty, and item type. The tool also provides sample student responses, scoring guides, and performance data for individual questions.

NAEP Item Maps

NAEP Item Maps illustrate the knowledge and skills demonstrated by students performing at different NAEP performance levels. The Item Maps answer the question, “What does it mean for students to be at Basic, Proficient, or Advanced in terms of what they know and can do?”

Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA)

Coming soon!

RI PSAT 10

Practice Resources

SAT Practice at Khan Academy offers College Board-approved practice activities for students preparing for the SAT.

RI SAT School Day

Practice Resources

SAT Practice at Khan Academy offers College Board-approved practice activities for students preparing for the SAT.

Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS)

There are separate paper-based and computer-based released item documents. Most Rhode Island students took the computer-based RICAS tests. Generally, only students with an IEP or 504 plan requiring a paper-based test took paper-based assessments.

Item-Level Analysis

Item-level student scoring information for RICAS assessments is available in the RI Assessment Data Portal via RIDEmap (https://ridemap.ride.gov) and on Individual Student Reports shipped to districts.

New resources! Average computer-based test (CBT) item scores and reporting category scores at the state, district, and school levels are available below. There is a workbook for each grade and subject RICAS test. These aggregations include students who took the standard computer-based tests. Please see the Item Analysis Resources January 2019 document for additional information. 

Computer-Based RICAS Released Items

  • http://ricas.pearsonsupport.com/released-items/
  • Released items from the computer-based version of the test are available online at the Pearson RICAS Resource Center. The computer-based released items are collected in a mini test called an ePAT (electronic practice assessment tool). Items in the ePAT are displayed in TestNav 8, the testing platform for the computer-based tests. Once you click into a subject and grade in the Resource Center, you will see a link to the released items (the ePAT) and the Released Item Answer Key/Scoring Rubric document. This document maps the items in two tables. The first table maps the released items to the student reports/district and school files and the second maps the non-released items to the student report/district and school files.

Paper-Based RICAS Released Items

Please note that as the RICAS assessment was created by Massachusetts, some links within documents will take users to the Massachusetts Department of Education website. The RICAS 2018 Introduction to Released Item Documents provides information about how to use RICAS student item score information with released item documents for paper-based assessments.

The items are organized by grade and content-specific documents in the table below. Within each released item document, two tables map the released items to the student item data in the student report and district and school files. The first maps the released items to the student reports/district and school files and the second maps the non-released items to the student report/district and school files.

ELA Released Items

Items are organized by grade and then by year.

Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8

Mathematics Released Items

Items are organized by grade and then by year.

Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8

Site Documents

Documents on this site require the use of the following programs:

DOC - Microsoft Word

PDF - Acrobat Reader

PPT - Microsoft PowerPoint

XLS - Microsoft Excel