MCAS Alternate Assessment (MCAS-Alt) Fall Training Opportunities- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

MCAS Alternate Assessment (MCAS-Alt)

MCAS Alternate Assessment (MCAS-Alt) Fall Training Opportunities

To:Superintendents, Principals, and Directors of Charter Schools, Educational Collaboratives, Approved Private Special Education Schools, and Institutional Settings
Copy:Interested Educators
From:Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D.
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education
Date:August 22, 2012


The Department will conduct MCAS-Alt training sessions in October according to the schedule listed in the table below. Educators who are conducting the MCAS-Alt are strongly encouraged to attend one of the training sessions to learn about current MCAS-Alt requirements. Attendance is especially recommended for teachers who have not previously compiled an MCAS-Alt portfolio. Flyers and registration information for the fall training sessions will be posted in early September to the MCAS-Alt website at and will be faxed to each district, school, and collaborative.

The MCAS-Alt educator training sessions will include the following presentations:

  • MCAS-Alt Overview for educators who are conducting the MCAS-Alt for the first time
  • What's New for 2013 MCAS-Alt for educators with previous MCAS-Alt experience
  • Sessions on the following specific topics:
    • Data-collection strategies
    • Compiling grade-level portfolios for students in grades 3-8 and competency portfolios for high school students
    • Access skills for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities

Training Schedule
Week 1Week 2
10/1 - Mon.Quincy Marriott10/15 - Mon.Peabody Marriott
10/3 - Wed.Danvers Doubletree (formerly CoCo Key)10/16 - Tues.Taunton Holiday Inn
10/4 - Thurs.Taunton Holiday Inn10/18 - Thurs.Marlborough Best Western
10/5 - Fri.Springfield Marriott10/19 - Fri.Springfield Marriott

Please share this information with MCAS-Alt educators in your school and district because they may be at a disadvantage if they do not attend one of these training sessions. The 2013 Educator's Manual for MCAS-Alt will be available at the sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Debra Hand in the Student Assessment Services office by phone at 781-338-3625 or by email at

Thank you.

Last Updated: August 28, 2012

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