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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Training Opportunities

Training Sessions Currently Being Offered

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.

Test(s)TopicsTraining Dates and Registration LinkAudience
MCAS ELA RetestMCAS November Retest Reporting Conference Call with a Focus on Compositions
accessing November retest reports of results
guidance on composition scoring, including sample student work
pitfalls to avoid in preparing students for the ELA Composition
resources and supports for students
Conference call session:
January 10, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
High school principals, MCAS test coordinators, curriculum coordinators
MCAS High School Tests and RetestsMCAS March Retest and Spring Grade 10 Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile Conference Call
An overview of the process for ordering test materials and updating selected accommodations, which is the Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile (SR/PNP) process (This is the same process that was used for the February Biology test.)
Conference call session:
January 12, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Principals, MCAS test coordinators, technology coordinators
MCAS Grades 3–8 TestsMCAS Grades 3–8 Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile Conference Call
The Department will hold two conference call session for elementary and middle schools to give information on the Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile (SR/PNP) process, which is used the new process for ordering test materials and updating selected accommodations (this is the same process that high schools are using). This process is being used for computer-based testing as well as paper-based testing.
Conference call sessions:
January 23, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
January 25, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Principals, MCAS test coordinators, technology coordinators

Other Upcoming Training Sessions

Below is a list of upcoming training opportunities offered by the Office of Student Assessment Services. When the registrations are available, these sessions will move to the section at the top of this page. For more information, email mcas@doe.mass.edu.

Test(s)TopicsTraining DatesAudience
MCAS gr. 3–8 and high school testsTechnology-related pre-administration tasks
(Registration instructions will be posted later.)
Remote sessions:
Two sessions in January, dates TBD
MCAS test coordinators, technology coordinators
MCAS grades 3–8 testsMCAS test security and administration protocols
(Registration instructions will be posted later.)
Face-to-face sessions:
February 15, 16
Remote sessions:
February 13, 14
MCAS test coordinators
MCAS high school testsMCAS test security and administration protocols for high schools
(Registration instructions will be posted later.)
Remote sessions:
February 2, 3
MCAS test coordinators
MCAS gr. 3–8 and high school testsTraining modules on test coordination and technology management
(Modules will be posted later.)
Online training modulesMCAS test coordinators, technology coordinators

Training Sessions Already Offered This School Year

Below is a list of training opportunities offered by the Office of Student Assessment Services that already occurred this school year. If you would like to view the slides from any of these sessions, email mcas@doe.mass.edu.

Test(s)TopicsTraining DatesAudience
MCAS grades 3–8 tests (CBT only) Initial guidance on computer-based testing Conference call session:
September 19
Districts new to CBT and districts with questions on submitting the CBT decision and/or waiver request
MCAS-Alt Educator training Download PDF Document Download MS WORD Document:
  • Introduction to MCAS-Alt for first-time teachers conducting the MCAS-Alt
  • Updates on 2017 MCAS-Alt for teachers with experience conducting MCAS-Alt
Face-to-face sessions:
September 26, 27, 28, 29
October 4, 5, 6, 13
Teachers conducting the MCAS-Alt
MCAS and MCAS-Alt Administrator training Download PDF Document Download MS WORD Document:
  • Accessibility features and accommodations for the spring 2017 MCAS tests
  • Features of the MCAS-Alt, including participation requirements
  • Features of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that will affect students with disabilities
Face-to-face sessions:
October 4, 5, 6, 13
Administrators who supervise special education staff
ACCESS for ELLs Preparing for test administration
(Registration instructions will be posted in September.)
Face-to-face sessions:
Fall 2016, dates TBD
ACCESS for ELLs test coordinators
ACCESS for ELLs Preparing for test administration Online training certification ACCESS for ELLs test administrators
MCAS February High School Biology Test An overview of the new process for ordering test materials and updating selected accommodations, which is the Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile (SR/PNP) process Conference call session:
December 5, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Principals, MCAS test coordinators, technology coordinators
MCAS New ELA and Mathematics Test Designs for Grades 3–8
  • An overview of the new test designs (Participants should view the ELA and Mathematics test designs prior to the session.)
  • Similarities to and differences from the 2016 tests
  • New question types and sample questions
  • Accessibility features and accommodations
  • Presenters will also hold a question-and-answer period at the end of the presentation.
Conference Call sessions:
December 8 and 9
Principals, MCAS test coordinators , teachers, curriculum coordinators


Last Updated: December 28, 2016
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