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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.
Registration will open approximately one month before each session.

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 tests (grades 3–8 and high school) MCAS Accessibility and Accommodations
for new staff
January 15
at 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Principals, test coordinators, technology coordinators, special education administrators and supervisors, test administrators
MCAS tests (grades 3–8 and high school) Overview of the SR/PNP
for new staff
January 24
at 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Principals, test coordinators, technology coordinators
MCAS tests (grades 3–8 and high school) MCAS Test Security and Administration Protocols
for returning staff
January 29
at 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Principals, test coordinators, and test administration teams
MCAS tests (grades 3–8 and high school) MCAS Test Security and Administration Protocols
for new staff
January 31
at 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Principals, test coordinators, and test administration teams
MCAS tests (grades 3–8 and high school) Pre-Administration Tasks for Technology Staff
for new staff
February 12
at 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Technology Coordinators
MCAS tests (grades 3–8 and high school) Overview of Infrastructure Trials
for returning staff
February 13
at 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Principals, test coordinators, technology coordinators
MCAS tests (grades 3–8 and high school) Overview of Infrastructure Trials
for new staff
February 15
at 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Principals, test coordinators, technology coordinators
MCAS tests (grades 3–8 and high school) "Office Hours" Session 1:
  • Creating, Preparing, and Starting PAN Sessions
  • Monitoring and Managing PAN Sessions
    (tasks for test administrators)
  • Enrollment Transfers in PAN
March 12
at 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Principals, test coordinators, test administrators
MCAS tests (grades 3–8 and high school) "Office Hours" Session 2:
  • Updating Accommodations in PAN Before Testing
  • Resolving Incorrect Accommodations After Testing Has Begun
  • Resuming Students from "Active" Status
  • Stopping a PAN Session
  • Not Tested Reasons
March 21
at 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Principals, test coordinators


Last Updated: November 7, 2018
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