Blank CBT Response Boxes Now Updated
Blank CBT response boxes, which allow students to practice answering constructed-response questions using TestNav, have been updated. For ELA and STE, students can answer the constructed-response question and use the blue arrow at the top of the screen to submit a final answer. Educators can then view the student response and print the screen to review students' work (this is the same functionality as in the practice tests).
Calculators are embedded in the Mathematics and STE response boxes for the grade levels where a calculator is required during MCAS testing.
Educators may want to have students use the blank response boxes on their computers in conjunction with a question written or projected on the board. To access the blank CBT response boxes from the MCAS Resource Center, click on "Practice Tests," then the subject area, and then the grade level to view the practice tests. The blank CBT response boxes are listed in the "Resources" section on the right-hand side.
MCAS CBT Waiver Requests
The deadline for requesting a waiver from the expectation of computer-based testing in spring 2019 has now passed, and we are now in the process of communicating decisions to districts. However, if your district was not aware of the deadline and needs to submit a request, email as soon as possible. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sessions Scheduled for January
Portfolios-in-Progress Portfolio Review Sessions
Portfolio review sessions for educators conducting the MCAS-Alt will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the dates shown below. Educators can bring their students' portfolios and their questions to a review session and receive feedback from an MCAS-Alt training specialist. Teachers can also use this time to continue working on their students' portfolios.
Registration is now available, and a flyer will be emailed to educators, principals, educational collaborative directors, and administrators of special education on November 28.
Portfolios-in-Progress dates and locations are shown below.
January 8, 2019
January 9, 2019
January 17, 2019
January 18, 2019
MCAS-Alt Introduction Session
One final MCAS-Alt introduction training session will be offered on Thursday, January 10, 2019 (8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) at the Best Western Hotel in Marlborough for teachers conducting the MCAS-Alt for the first time who were unable to attend an Introduction to MCAS-Alt training session in October. Registration is now available.
ACCESS for ELLs Online Test Set-Up
The Department will preload student data into the WIDA Assessment Management System (AMS) for students who were reported as ELs in your district's October 2018 SIMS report. Test coordinators will be able to review and edit this information between December 3, 2018 and February 8, 2019. During this time, you will be able to:
- manage students by entering accommodations and information for those students who arrived after the October SIMS submission or whose information is incorrect;
- place students into test sessions; and
- print test tickets.
Schools should have already received additional information from Data Recognition Corporation, the testing vendor, on November 26. Additional information will be included in the next EL Assessment Update, scheduled for December 3.
Principals, MCAS test coordinators, special education directors, and EL program directors automatically receive this Student Assessment Update based on contact information submitted to the Department. To change your email address or to add another staff member who serves in one of these roles, please follow the instructions below:
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