Student Assessment Update: April 22, 2013- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Student Assessment Update: April 22, 2013

March Mathematics Retest Results

As the testing contractor informed you on April 16, the preliminary results for the March Mathematics retest that were posted on April 12 were not correct. The incorrect results were removed on Tuesday, April 16, and correct results were posted on Wednesday, April 17. Thank you for your understanding as we worked to correct the error. School administrators can access the corrected Mathematics retest results via DropBox Central at the Security Portal ( If you have any questions, please contact the MCAS Service Center at 800-737-5103.

Shipments of May Grades 3-8 Mathematics and STE Test Materials

We have learned that, due to events and investigations taking place in the greater Boston area over the last week, shipments of May materials for grades 3-8 schools may be delayed until Wednesday for schools located in the following zip codes. If your school still has not received your test materials by Wednesday afternoon, please call the MCAS Service Center at 800-737-5103 on Thursday morning for an update. Thank you for your understanding.


MCAS Test Administration Resources Available

In preparation for the May-June MCAS tests, we want to remind you about the availability of a number of resources. The Test Administrator's Manuals (TAMs) for the May tests are now available on the Department's website at (printed copies of the TAMs are included in schools' shipments of test materials). Also available are additional FAQs for the spring test administration at More resources are posted on the Department's website at

Feel free to contact the MCAS Service Center at 800-737-5103 with questions about test administration, and the Department's Student Assessment Services Unit at 781-338-3625 with policy questions.

PARCC Draft Documents Available for Public Comment

Draft PARCC performance level descriptors (PLDs) in English language arts/literacy and mathematics and the draft PARCC Accommodations Manual have been posted for public comment. We encourage you to review the draft documents and share your comments by the deadlines below.

Draft PARCC PLDs - Feedback Due May 8

PARCC has released for public comment the draft grade- and subject-specific PLDs in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The PLDs describe the knowledge, skills, and practices that students at a given performance level are able to demonstrate in each particular content area at each grade level. To view the draft PLDs, as well as FAQs and other related information, go to We encourage you to provide feedback on PARCC's draft PLDs through a survey posted online at by May 8, 2013.

Draft PARCC Accommodations Manual - Feedback Due May 13

PARCC has also released for public comment a draft accommodations manual describing supports for ELL students and students with disabilities. The manual, FAQs, a PowerPoint presentation describing the manual, and a survey for providing feedback are available on the PARCC website at We encourage you to provide feedback, which is due by May 13, 2013.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • April 22: Schools receive Mathematics and STE test materials for grades 3-8.
  • April 22-26: Schools electronically review and correct demographic data discrepancies for students who participated in ACCESS for ELLs testing.
  • April 22-May 2: Grades 3-8 schools complete the PCPA, report packing discrepancies, and order additional materials if necessary.
  • May 3: Deadline for submitting individualized STE reference sheets for high school students with disabilities using accommodation 20

About this Update

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Last Updated: April 23, 2013

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