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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Training Opportunities

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 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 November Retests Overview of the Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile for the MCAS November Retests
Overview of the Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile (SR/PNP) process for ordering test materials and updating selected accommodations
Thursday, September 19, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Note: Email mcas@doe.mass.edu by September 12 with requests for specific topics or demonstrations.
Principals, test coordinators, technology coordinators
For new staff or those who want a full refresher
MCAS tests (grades 3–8 and high school) MCAS Reporting
Information about the release of spring 2019 MCAS results for principals and their teams
Friday, September 20, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Principals and their teams
MCAS high school tests/retests Overview of Accessibility and Accommodations for the MCAS November Retests
  • Participation requirements
  • Decision-making guidelines
  • Accessibility and accommodations for PBT for fall/winter
  • Orientation for spring CBT
Friday, October 4, 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-Alt (grades 3–8 and high school) Fall MCAS-Alt Educator Training Sessions

"Introduction to MCAS-Alt" session for teachers who either never conducted the MCAS-Alt or have not attended a state-sponsored training for three or more years. (8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.; break for lunch 12:00–12:45 p.m.; lunch on your own)

"Updates for 2020 MCAS-Alt" session for teachers with recent prior experience conducting the MCAS-Alt. (8:30–11:15 a.m.)

Topics include: New and Notable for 2020, Next-Generation High School Science and Tech/Eng, MCAS-Alt Skills Survey, and Tips and Strategies

High School "Competency" and "Grade-Level" Portfolios session for teachers seeking information about assessing students who are working at or near grade-level expectations but are unable to take the computer- or paper- based MCAS tests. (11:30 a.m.–noon)
The timeframes for the sessions are listed to the left.
Teachers conducting the MCAS-Alt
MCAS-Alt (grades 3–8 and high schools) Fall MCAS-Alt Administrators Overview
  • Statewide MCAS-Alt Results
  • Guidelines for MCAS and MCAS-Alt Participation and Accommodations Decisions
  • MCAS Updates: Next-Generation High School tests and Graduation Requirements
  • MCAS-Alt and the One Percent Threshold
  • How Administrators can support teachers and monitor progress on the MCAS-Alt
1:00–3:00 p.m. for each of the following sessions:
Administrator or supervisor of teachers submitting the MCAS-Alt
Overview of the Next-Generation MCAS High School Biology and Introductory Physics Tests
  • Test design
  • Question types
  • Demonstration of practice test items
  • Additional resources
Monday, November 4, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Principals, MCAS test coordinators, curriculum coordinators, and other educators
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


Last Updated: September 12, 2019
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