As you may have heard, RI has made some significant changes to the State Assessment system. PARCC will be replaced by "RICAS" which is being purchased from Massachusetts. Massachusetts uses the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System.) The MCAS has been updated and is referred to as the "Next Generation MCAS." The Next Generation MCAS (aka RICAS) will be almost identical to PARCC in many respects as it will include some PARCC questions and will use the Pearson platform. RI will also be purchasing a new science assessment to assess the Next Generation Science Standards. RI is not using the Massachusetts science assessment.
Here are a few important bits of information: