Welcome Back to School
We welcome everyone back to the new school year. This first edition of the Student Assessment Update for the 2019-2020 school year provides information on upcoming training sessions and other time-sensitive information. Our annual back-to-school edition with more detailed information about the coming year will be sent out in the next update.
About This Update
The Department automatically sends the Student Assessment Update biweekly to principals, MCAS test coordinators, special education directors, and EL program directors based on contact information submitted to the Department.
We encourage you to share this update with your test administration teams or develop a plan for communicating relevant information to them. Individuals who would like to receive the update directly can subscribe by following the instructions at the bottom of this newsletter.
Grade 10 ELA and Mathematics Scaled Scores for Interim Competency Determination Requirement
For the classes of 2021 and 2022, students must earn a next-generation MCAS scaled score that is equivalent to a legacy MCAS scaled score of at least 240 on the grade 10 ELA and Mathematics tests or earn the next-generation MCAS equivalent of a legacy scaled score between 220 and 238 and fulfill the requirements of an Educational Proficiency Plan (EPP).
The interim passing standard, which is being used for the classes of 2021 and 2022, defines a level of achievement on the next-generation tests that is equivalent to the current standard on the legacy tests. The table below (from the Raw-to-Scaled Score Conversion Table) shows the grade 10 next-generation scaled score ranges and the corresponding legacy MCAS achievement levels, CPI points, and Competency Determination (CD) status.
|Grade 10 ELA NextGen Scaled Score Range||Grade 10 Math NextGen Scaled Score Range||Legacy-equivalent Scaled Score Range||Legacy-equivalent Achievement Level||CPI||CD status code||CD status|
|440 – 446||440 – 453||200 – 208||F||0||0||Did not pass|
|447 – 454||454 – 468||210 – 218||F||25||0||Did not pass|
|455 – 462||469 – 476||220 – 228||NI||50||1||Passed, requires EPP|
|463 – 471||477 – 485||230 – 238||NI||75||1||Passed, requires EPP|
|472 – 500||486 – 503||240 – 258||P||100||2||Passed|
|501 – 560||504 – 560||260 – 280||A||100||2||Passed|
On September 4, interactive reports become available in Edwin Analytics, which include students' updated CD status using the MCAS Student Item Analysis Roster (IT616), in the Security Portal.
The CD status codes for high school MCAS subject area tests are as follows:
0 or blank = did not pass
1 = passed and requires an EPP (ELA and Mathematics)
1 = passed (STE)
2 = passed (ELA and Mathematics)
Additional information about the high school graduation requirements is available.
Additional details about upcoming releases are available on the 2019 Assessment and Accountability Reporting Schedule at: Accountability Lists, Materials, and Tools web page.
If you have any questions, please contact Student Assessment Services (see contact information in the header of this update).
Fall Training Sessions on MCAS and MCAS-Alt
Fall training sessions for MCAS and MCAS-Alt are now posted on Student Assessment's Training Opportunities web page. Below are the sessions to be held this month:
|Test(s)||Sessions||Training Dates and Registration Link||Audience|
|MCAS November Retests
||Overview of the Student Registration/Personal Needs (SR/PNP) Profile for the MCAS November Retests
Information about the SR/PNP process for ordering test materials and updating selected accommodations
|Thursday, September 19, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Note: Email email@example.com 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)
Information for principals and their teams about the release of spring 2019 MCAS results
|Friday, September 20, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
||Principals and their teams
ACCESS for ELLs: Assign Contacts by September 13
Principals may either serve as the ACCESS for ELLs School Test Coordinator or designate a staff person to fill that role. The district should assign a District Test Coordinator and a District Technology Coordinator. Designations should be made as soon as possible and communicated to your district's Directory Administrator, who will need to update your school's DESE Profile by Friday, September 13. The designated individuals will receive important communications from WIDA and Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), the testing contractor, throughout the year.
Please contact Student Assessment Services with any questions about ACCESS for ELLs testing at or 781-338-3625. firstname.lastname@example.org
MCAS Testing Contractor's New Name
Following the 2018 merger of AdvancED with Measured Progress (the MCAS testing contractor), the combined organization recently adopted a new name: Cognia. The level of service for Massachusetts remains the same, and Department staff are working closely with the testing contractor to make the transition as seamless as possible for schools. Schools will continue calling 800-737-5103 to reach the MCAS Service Center. The Measured Progress email address for the Service Center will still work, but the new email address () is preferred. Schools will see a transition in the name change this fall: some shipments may arrive in cartons labeled with the Measured Progress name, and other materials may be labeled with the Cognia name. email@example.com
Spring 2019 student work samples and scoring guides
MCAS Alternate Assessment back-to-school newsletter
2019-2020 MCAS testing schedule
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