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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.

Please note that in order to register for multiple sessions, you must close the web browser completely after each registration is submitted.

Recordings of MCAS sessions will be available at the MCAS Resource Center approximately one week after each remote session is offered.

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 CBT. The Department will provide additional training sessions in the winter, which will supplement these modules.

Modules that are currently available:
  • Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile (for all administrations)
  • Accessibility Features and Accommodations
  • Infrastructure Trial for technology coordinators
  • Infrastructure Trial for test coordinators and test administrators
Modules that are expected to be available in 2018:
  • Sessions Management (expected in January)
  • Creating Sessions (expected in mid-March)
  • Resolving Incorrect Accommodations (expected in mid-March)
  • Moving Students Between Sessions (expected in mid-March)
Principals, MCAS test coordinators, technology coordinators, test administrators
MCAS November Retests Overview of the Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile, with a focus on the November Retest
Overview of the Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile (SR/PNP) process for ordering test materials and updating selected
Monday, September 24, 10:00–11:30 a.m. For new high school staff or other staff who want a refresher

Principals, MCAS test coordinators, technology coordinators
Tests:
MCAS HS tests/retests in particular, as well as grades 3–8
MCAS Accessibility and Accommodations, with a focus on the November retests
  • Participation requirements
  • Decision-making guidelines
  • Important updates for high schools
  • Accessibility and accommodations for CBT
  • Accessibility and accommodations for PBT
Friday, September 28, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Audience:
Principals, MCAS test coordinators, technology coordinators, special education administrators and supervisors, and test administrators – particularly those who are new, and particularly high schools
ACCESS for ELLs (grades K–12) ACCESS for ELLs (grades K–12)
  • Test security requirements and test administration protocols
  • Participation guidelines
  • Accessibility and accommodations
  • Review of training accounts and computer-based testing procedures
A remote session for new Test Coordinators will be held:
  • September 20, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
A remote sessions for Returning Test Coordinators will be held:
  • September 26, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • October 3, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • October 17, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Principals, ACCESS for ELLs test coordinators, technology coordinators
MCAS-Alt (grades 3–8 and high schools) Fall MCAS-Alt Educator Training

A series of half-day training sessions for teachers on assembling student portfolios for the 2019 MCAS-Alt for students with significant disabilities
Week 1:

8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. for each session:
  • October 1: Danvers
  • October 2: Taunton?October 10: Marlborough
  • October 11: Holyoke

Week 2:

8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. for each session:
  • October 15: Danvers
  • October 16: Taunton
  • October 22: Marlborough
  • October 23: Holyoke
Special educators and their supervisors
MCAS high school tests MCAS Grade 10 ELA and Mathematics Informational Meetings

  • Updated test designs
  • Item types and essays
  • Retest Information
  • Additional resources
The sessions will be combined for ELA and Mathematics.
Remote sessions:
Wednesday, October 3, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Monday, November 5, 9:00–11:00 a.m.

Face-to-face sessions:
Thursday, October 25, 1:00–3:00 p.m. (Holyoke)
Friday, November 9, 9:00–11:00 a.m. (Bedford)
For high school staff


Principals, curriculum coordinators, and other educators

For the face-to-face sessions, two members per district may attend. (Additional staff may participate in the remote sessions.)
MCAS-Alt (grades 3–8 and high schools) Fall MCAS-Alt Administrator's Overview

Afternoon information and awareness sessions presented for administrators, including those who supervise teachers submitting the MCAS-Alt, on:
  • Participation requirements for MCAS and MCAS-Alt, including graduation requirements
  • Accessibility and accommodations for spring 2019 MCAS, including next-generation high school tests
  • Features of the MCAS-Alt
  • How the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will affect assessment for students with disabilities
1:00–3:00 p.m. for each session:
  • October 15: Danvers
  • October 16: Taunton
  • October 22: Marlborough
  • October 23: Holyoke
School and district administrators, special education supervisors, assessment coordinators


Last Updated: September 18, 2018
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