Registration for Operational High School STE Tests: Due April 12
High schools must complete the Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile (SR/PNP) process between April 1 and April 12 to order tests for the operational high school STE tests (paper-based only), which will be administered on June 4 and 5. (There is an additional window from April 22 to May 3 for completing the SR/PNP for the computer-based Biology and Introductory Physics field tests.)
To provide assistance with completing the SR/PNP, the Department posted .CSV files for schools and districts in DESE's Security Portal in DropBox Central in the MCAS 2019 Data folder on March 22. Each file contains a list of students who are eligible to take the high school STE tests in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 (i.e., the students listed are those who have not yet taken a high school STE test or who have not passed a test by 2018). Note that students who passed the February Biology test will be included in the file, but schools need not to remove them. The testing contractor will complete this step in PAN before shipping materials.
As part of the registration process, schools will need to remove students who will not be testing from the file, add students to the file who will participate, and update accommodations as needed. Also, schools will need to fill in the column J in the SR/PNP file with the appropriate test code by selecting from among the following:
- BIOSP = High School Biology
- CHESP = High School Chemistry
- PHYSP = High School Introductory Physics
- TECSP = High School Technology/Engineering
The data files in DropBox Central contain enrollment data that districts submitted by March 18, 2019 for districts that use the School Interoperability Framework (SIF) to submit their SIMS data as well as non-SIF districts. Districts will need to update the data files to be imported into PAN with any changes that occurred after this date.
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.
A response is required from each high school by April 12.
Adult/external diploma programs, test sites, DYS/SEIS, and other high schools with a special situation should contact the MCAS Service Center to place an order for the total number of materials instead of completing the SR/PNP process.
The following resources are available for guidance in completing the SR/PNP:
Questions about ordering test materials may be directed to the MCAS Service Center, and questions about policies or participation guidelines may be directed to the Office of Student Assessment Services (see contact information in the header of this update).