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MTEL Testing Centers closings due to COVID-19

In accordance with the Governor of Massachusetts' guidance for reopening, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has designated MTEL test sites as a Phase II industry. Per guidance from the Governor, each Phase will last a minimum of three weeks; therefore, MTEL test sites may potentially open as early as June 8th though may last longer as determined by public health trends and the Governor's determination.

We will be continuing to work closely with our test operator, Evaluation Systems of Pearson, to ensure that safety standards align to the Governor's guidance when test sites do re-open in Massachusetts. Due to limited testing capacity at the MTEL sites due to these safety standards, we are considering other approaches to test administration, such as online/virtual options. We will also continue to work with the Executive Office of Education and Governor's office to consider flexibilities regarding the MTEL requirements that would continue to ensure that students in Massachusetts have access to the excellent educators they need to be successful.

Please continue to check for information both on the MTEL website and on the DESE website. Please also see this page on the DESE website for additional information on COVID-19 Resources and Information.

Last Updated: May 22, 2020

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