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Middletown Public Schools
26 Oliphant Lane
Middletown, RI 02842
District email: info@mpsri.net
Phone: (401) 849-2122
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Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS)

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 MPS Parent RICAS Informational Letter

The RI Comprehensive Assessment System is a high-quality assessment that fulfills the federal requirements for annual assessments in the English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics for students in grades 3-8.  The RICAS gives teachers, students, and families information about student progress, school performance and how to improve teaching and learning.  RICAS replaces PARCC for students in grades 3-8.  High school students will take the PSAT and SAT.

 What is the testing window?  The RICAS ELA window is from April 2, 2018 through May 4, 2018.  The RICAS mathematics assessment window is form April 3, 2018 through May 25, 2018.  

How long are the assessments?

ELA

Grade Number of Sessions Total Minutes
3 - 8 2 240 (120 minutes each)

 

Math

Grade Number of Sessions Total Minutes
3 - 8 2 180 (90 minutes each)

 

 Additional Information can be found here: http://www.ride.ri.gov/InstructionAssessment/Assessment/RICASAssessments.aspx

The RICAS Resource Center can be found here: http://ricas.pearsonsupport.com/

 


 

About Our Testing Schedules:

•Testing occurs during regular school days. No test session may extend beyond the end of the regular school day, and any individual test session must be completed on the same day on which it begins. Begin the test session as early in the day as possible.

•Testing sequence: ELA followed by mathematics. Sessions must be sequential, with the exception of make-up testing. Scripts are grade and subject-specific.  If possible, math should be as late in the window as you can to allow for instructional time.

•Test sessions must be scheduled so all students taking the same test are tested as close together as possible in order to maintain test security.

•Schedule within window to allow time for regular testing and make-up testing.

•Students should not take more than two sessions on a single day, including make-up sessions.

•As tests are untimed, students who need extra time may be transitioned to continue testing.

•Schedule tests to avoid conflicts with recess or lunch.

•Plan for time to distribute, inventory, and collect secure materials each day and to ensure that test administrators have all required materials for each session.

•Consider space and staffing for students testing with accommodations or designated accessibility features such as separate location, small group, or specific time of day.


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