Rhode Island to Adopt New State Assessments
Rhode Island to Adopt New State AssessmentsSara Sympson, Associate Director, Communications
The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) has announced that it will adopt new state assessment programs, beginning in the 2017-18 school year. At the high school level, the state will use the PSAT and SAT to meet federal testing requirements. Currently all Rhode Island 10th graders take the PSAT and all 11th graders take the SAT at no cost during a school day. The state is in discussions with Massachusetts to use “RICAS,” a Rhode Island administration of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), for grades 3-8.
“Taken together, this combination of RICAS and PSAT/SAT provides us with the best, most consistent measure of student progress, without placing undue burden on students and educators,” Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Ken Wagner said in a news release. “This approach will provide continuity in the classroom for teachers and students, maintain high quality assessment information about student progress, build a long-term partnership with a high performing neighboring state, and further decrease testing time. The short-term impact will be small, but the long-term benefits have the potential to be significant.”