Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Spring 2021 MCAS Test Administration Resources Grades 3–8 and High School ELA and Math (Next-Gen) and STE

Go to the MCAS Resource Center for the following:
  • resources to prepare students, including a student tutorial, practice tests, and equation editor guides and reference sheets for Mathematics and STE
  • training modules for staff and recordings of previously offered training sessions
  • CBT technology guides and user guides, including guides for the SR/PNP and Infrastructure Trials

Test Administration Manuals

Test Administration Forms

Additional Policies/Resources

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Participation Guidelines for Spring 2021
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Updated Guidance for Spring 2021
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MCAS Student Questionnaire (Views of Climate and Learning [VOCAL] Student Survey Project)
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Schools' Sample Materials for Coordinating MCAS Test Administration
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Complete List of Test Materials (For Use When Inventorying Shipments for PBT and MCAS-Alt)
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Slide Template for Training Test Administrators

Technology-Related Resources for Computer-Based Testing

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Best Practices for Setting Up TestNav for Students in Hybrid or Remote Learning
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PearsonAccess Next Updates for 2021
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Updates to TestNav for 2021
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Managed Chromebooks Required for Computer-Based Testing
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Digital Learning & Technology Resources
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Computer-based Testing Device Planner 2021
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Technology Specifications for MCAS Computer-Based Testing
Note: Check this page regularly for updates.

TestNav System Requirements for 2020–2021

Pearson, the testing subcontractor, has adopted a technology support policy for device operating system (OS) update that aligns TestNav system requirements with manufacturer-supported OSs and devices. Pearson will base their support for OSs and devices on manufacturer support as of July 15. Technology staff should evaluate manufacturer support as of July 15 to determine technology planning for each upcoming school year. A list of Chrome OS devices and their expiration dates can be found at Manage policies for Chrome devices: Auto Update policy. Please refer to Pearson's TestNav System Requirement Policy and TestNav System Requirements for more information.

Additional Policies/Resources for High Schools

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MCAS Participation Guidelines for Adams and Koplik Scholarship Award Eligibility

Remote Testing for Grades 3–8

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Instructions for Changing a Student's Test in PAN from Remote Testing to In-Person Testing
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Setting Up ProctorCache for Remote Testing (Only for Schools Using ProctorCache for In-Person Testing)
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Updated Guidance for Remote Testing
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Guidance for Testing Students in Grades 3–8 Remotely for Districts with a Remote Academy
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Principal's Administration Instructions for Remote Testing
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Test Administrator's Instructions for Computer-Based Remote Testing
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Sample Letter and Form for Remote Testing (Recommended for Grades 6–8) — in English and Translations
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Sample Letter for Parents/Guardians of Remote Students in Grades 3–8 Who Require PBT — in English and Translations

Last Updated: June 1, 2021

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