Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Training Opportunities

Below is a list of current training opportunities offered by the Office of Student Assessment Services. Register for a session by clicking the link in the "Training Dates and Registration Link" column below.
Registration will open approximately one month before each session.

Please note that, when using the Department's conference registration system, in order to register for multiple sessions, you must close the web browser completely after each registration is submitted.

Test(s)TopicsTraining Dates and Registration LinkAudience
MCAS Grades 3–8 and High School Tests Using PearsonAccessnext (the online test administration management system) and tasks for computer-based testing Online training modules (each of which will take approximately 15 minutes to view) can be used to prepare staff for completing administration tasks for computer-based testing. The Department provides additional training throughout the school year, which complements these modules. Principals, MCAS test coordinators, technology coordinators, test administrators
MCAS tests (grades 3–8 and high school) Introduction to MCAS Computer-Based Testing for New Staff
  • Steps to prepare for computer-based testing this fall/early winter
  • Resources, support, and next steps
Wednesday, November 20, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Principals, test coordinators, technology coordinators
For new staff or those who want a full refresher
MCAS (grades 3–8 and high schools) MCAS Accessibility and Accommodations for New Staff Thursday, January 16, 2020, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Principals, MCAS test coordinators, technology coordinators, special education administrators and supervisors, and test administrators

For new staff or those who want a full refresher
MCAS (grades 3–8 and high schools) Overview of the Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile for New Staff Thursday, January 23, 2020, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Principals, test coordinators, technology coordinators

For new staff or those who want a full refresher
MCAS (grades 3–8 and high schools) MCAS Test Security and Administration Protocols for Returning Staff Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Principals, test coordinators, and test administration teams

For returning staff
MCAS (grades 3–8 and high schools) MCAS Test Security and Administration Protocols for New Staff Thursday, January 30, 2020, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Principals, test coordinators, and test administration teams

For new staff or those who want a full refresher
MCAS (grades 3–8 and high schools) Pre-Administration Tasks for Technology Staff Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Technology coordinators
MCAS (grades 3–8 and high schools) Overview of Infrastructure Trials for Returning Staff Date to be announced Principals, test coordinators, technology coordinators

For returning staff
MCAS (grades 3–8 and high schools) Overview of Infrastructure Trials for New Staff Date to be announced Principals, test coordinators, technology coordinators

For new staff or those who want a full refresher
MCAS (grades 3–8 and high schools) Tasks in PearsonAccess Next Before and During Testing Thursday, February 27, 2020, 10–11:30 a.m. Principals, test coordinators, technology coordinators, test administrators
MCAS (grades 3–8 and high schools) Tasks in PearsonAccess Next During and After Testing Friday, March 20, 2020, at 10:00–11:30 a.m. Principals, test coordinators, technology coordinators
 
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