Student Assessment Update: January 23, 2018- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System
Student Assessment Update: January 23, 2018
MCAS Service Center
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Student Assessment Services
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Latest Updates from Student Assessment Services
New Resource for the Grade 10 Field Tests
We are pleased to make available a sample letter to send to parents/guardians to inform them about their child's participation in the MCAS grade 10 field test. The letter is attached to this email and posted on the Department's website in the section listing field test resources at the bottom of the page. A Spanish language version will be available soon as well.
Upcoming Training Sessions
Schools are encouraged to view the list of upcoming training sessions on the MCAS Training Opportunities web page. Links to register for January and February sessions now available (and posted on that page).
Please note that new principals are expected to participate in the MCAS Test Security and Administration Protocols sessions (January 23 for high schools, and February 7 and 8 for grades 3-8). To provide additional support to new principals, a district perspective will be presented during these sessions by Josh Murphy from the Burlington Public Schools.
Student Registration Process for Grades 3-8 and 10
Schools must complete the Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile (SR/PNP) process for grades 3-8 tests between January 22 and February 2.
High schools have a number of windows during which to complete the SR/PNP process, although the window for the March retest SR/PNP closed on Monday, January 22. The next SR/PNP window for ordering materials for the operational grade 10 tests in ELA and Mathematics will begin on January 31 and continue until February 13. High schools will also have the opportunity to update the SR/PNP for grade 10 Mathematics in March. In addition, they may complete the SR/PNP process for the operational STE tests in early April, the grade 10 ELA and Mathematics field tests in mid-March, and the voluntary STE question tryouts in late April. (You may wish to review all the dates related to the SR/PNP .)
As a reminder, superintendents must ensure that educational collaboratives and approved private special education schools order materials via the SR/PNP process for their students in out-of-district placements.
We thank schools for completing their orders by deadlines. For support in completing the SR/PNP, use the resources listed in the January 9, 2018 Student Assessment Update under the information about the March retest. Additionally, the Department led a training session on January 18 on the SR/PNP, and the recording will soon be posted on the MCAS Resource Center training page.
If you have questions about ordering test materials, please contact the MCAS Service Center via email or call 800-737-5103. If you have questions about policies or guidelines for participation, contact the Office of Student Assessment Services via email or call 781-338-3625.
Reminder: Update PearsonAccess Next Passwords and Accounts
School and district staff who had access to PAN during the last school year need to log into PAN to reset passwords. Accounts that were automatically disabled will receive an error message upon log-in; resetting the password will enable the account.
In addition, principals should review the User Role Matrix to confirm that school and district staff have the appropriate PAN accounts.
2018 MCAS-Alt Portfolios-in-Progress Training Sessions
Registration for the MCAS-Alt Portfolios-in-Progress training sessions is now available. These portfolio review sessions are intended for teachers who are conducting the MCAS-Alt with their students with significant disabilities. Please encourage teachers to attend one of the sessions listed below. All sessions are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Note: The "Introduction to MCAS-Alt" session will not be offered.
- January 22-February 2: SR/PNP initial registration window for Grades 3-8 spring MCAS tests
- January 29: February Biology test materials arrive in schools
- January 31-February 13: SR/PNP initial registration window for Grade 10 MCAS ELA and Mathematics (Mathematics registrations can be updated during the March 12-23 window)
- February 15: November retest parent/guardian reports scheduled to arrive in districts
MCAS Grade 10 Field Test Assignments
Guidance on Selecting Classes to Participate in the Spring 2018 Grade 10 MCAS ELA and Mathematics Field Tests
MCAS Grade 10 FAQ for Mathematics Field Test (will be posted under Field Test Resources this week)
FAQs on the Spring 2018 MCAS Field Tests and Question Tryouts
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- Public school districts, public schools, charter public schools, educational collaboratives, and approved private special education schools: submit the new email address to your District-Level Directory Administrator.
- Test sites, adult education programs, out-of-state schools, SEIS-DYS programs: go online to the EOE Information Technology web page (select "District/School Information Update" as the subject) to submit your update (be sure to include your District and School Code).
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