In the coming weeks, Rhode Island will administer the first-year of the RICAS test in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. This assessment replaces the state required PARCC assessment.
The RICAS test 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. Rhode Island has high standards and expectations for all of our students, and by shifting to this assessment we can have a better understanding of how our students are performing now, and what goals we must set to help them be successful in the future.
This year, the RICAS assessment will be administered to students in grades three through eight. Students will be tested in English Language Arts (includes reading and writing) and Mathematics. Our district will administer a computer-based RICAS assessment.
RICAS assessments will continue to closely assess students’ mastery of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Language Arts and Math. Additional information can be found at the following website: www.mpsri.net/ricas . Please see the frequently asked questions document for more information (download here). If you have questions, please feel free to contact your child’s school.
Please visit the MPS RICAS website for additional information: www.mpsri.net/ricas