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Teachers' Top Three from ESE — February 2, 2017

  1. FYI: Learn More about Inclusive Environments through Massachusetts FOCUS Academy Courses
    The application process for spring 2017 Massachusetts FOCUS Academy courses is open through Wednesday, February 8. The courses help teams of educators build skills, knowledge, and instructional strategies to support inclusive environments. The 10 ESE-sponsored, graduate-level, on-line or hybrid courses start the week of February 27 and end the week of June 12. Information about the courses and the application process are available online.

  2. FAQ: Adolescent Literacy
    Some readers have asked for resources related to literacy and adolescent literacy in particular. Here are a few suggestions that might be helpful:

    Have a favorite adolescent literacy resource or suggestion? Please share it on Twitter with the hashtag #top3fromESE!

  3. The Buzz: Next-Generation MCAS Update
    Students in grades 3–8 will take the next-generation MCAS in math and English language arts this spring, and as part of the phased move to computer-based testing, more than 90 percent of school districts plan to administer the computer-based version of the test to grades 4 and 8. In addition, many schools are choosing to use the computer-based version for other grades.

    You can get a look at the next-generation MCAS on the MCAS support page, which has practice tests, and more information is available in the most recent Student Assessment Update. In addition, at 10 a.m. February 10, the assessment office will host an "office hours" session via conference call to answer questions about the practice tests and student tutorial.

    High school testing is not changing this year and will remain on paper. The development of a high school version of the next-generation MCAS was one of the topics the Boards of Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Education discussed at their recent joint meeting.

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Last Updated: February 3, 2017

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