New England Common Assessment Program
About Rhode Island’s Standardized Tests for 3rd Grade – High School
Are the students in your family preparing for the Rhode Island NECAP? If so, as a parent or caregiver, you’ll want to become familiar with the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) and the Rhode Island Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) that it measures.
NECAP tests are administered to Rhode Island students in third grade through high school, and assess reading, math, science, and writing proficiency. RI NECAP test results provide actionable data that will help parents, teachers, and students improve academic performance. NECAP tests are also used to determine Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
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Rhode Island NECAP at a Glance
Rhode Island students take the following NECAP tests:
NECAP: 3rd Grade – 8th Grade, and High School
Aligned to Rhode Island State Standards, RI NECAP measures how well your child has learned each subject, based on grade level expectations (RI GLEs). The annual NECAP tests are given as follows:
NECAP Reading and Math Tests: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 11th Grades
NECAP Writing Test: Fifth, Eighth, and Eleventh Grades
NECAP Science Test: Fourth, Eighth, and Eleventh Grades
NECAP reading, math, and writing tests are administered in the fall. The NECAP science test is given in the spring.
The Rhode Island NECAP assessments are criterion-referenced tests, as opposed to norm-referenced tests. Thus, your child will only compete against him or herself, rather than be compared against the group. The RI NECAP tests measure how well students have mastered the Rhode Island State Content Standards, and report student performance using the following four levels:
1) Proficient with distinction
3) Partially proficient
4) Substantially below proficient
Students with NECAP test scores at or above the proficient level are considered to have met state standards. The goal of the Rhode Island State Assessment Program is to have 100% of students proficient by 2014.
Other Rhode Island Standardized Tests
Rhode Island uses a balanced range of assessments to promote learning for all students. The Rhode Island Alternate Assessment (RIAA) is designed to measure the progress of students with cognitive disabilities who require special accommodations. Students with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) take the ACCESS for ELLs® assessment, which measures their progress in English language acquisition.
Rhode Island also participates annually in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the Nation’s Report Card, where a sampling of students (from grades 4, 8, and/or 12) are tested in several content areas as part of a nationally representative assessment of student performance. In addition, Rhode Island administers the American Diploma Project (ADP) Algebra II End of Course Exam, considered an important benchmark for college-bound students.
Preparing for the Rhode Island NECAP
For general tips on test preparation, please visit our standardized test overview page.
The real preparation for the NECAP tests, or any standardized test, begins with your commitment to your children’s education throughout their school years. Devote time and effort to helping your children learn. Start by making sure your kids do their homework and read every day. Many families also employ tutors or an online learning program, such as Time4Learning, to build fundamental skills.
When preparing for standardized tests, students often benefit from test prep programs and books, which offer guidance and practice with test formats, time restrictions, test-taking strategies (when to guess, when not to), and different types of questions. For instance, when a reading passage is followed by comprehension questions, many test prep programs teach students to scan the questions first in order to know what areas of the passage require close reading. Time4Learning is not a test prep program, it is a program that builds the skills that will be tested.
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