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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Spring 2020 MCAS Test Administration Resources

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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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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Spring 2020 MCAS
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Slide Template for Training Test Administrators

Technology-Related Resources for Computer-Based Testing

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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
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Technology Specifications for MCAS Computer-Based Testing
Note: Check this page regularly for updates.

TestNav System Requirements for 2020–2021

In preparation for MCAS testing during the 2020–2021 school year, Pearson, the testing subcontractor, has adopted a new technology support policy for device operating system (OS) updates. The new policy aligns TestNav system requirements with manufacturer-supported OSs and devices. Because manufacturer development cycles vary and release details are not final until close to release dates, 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
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Participation Guidelines for the MCAS High School Tests and Retests

Last Updated: November 23, 2020

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