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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Training Opportunities

Below is a list of current training opportunities offered by the Office of Student Assessment Services. Register for a session by clicking the link in the "Training Dates/Times and Registration Links" column below. Recordings of MCAS training sessions will be posted in the MCAS Resource Center approximately one week after the session date.

For the Constructed Response and essay informational webinars, DESE will post the presentations to the DESE website after the webinars take place.

Sessions and Topics to be CoveredTraining Dates/Times
(Click on link to register.)
Intended AudienceIntended Level of ExperienceRecommended Read-Ahead Materials
Tasks in PearsonAccess Next Before Testing Tuesday, February 27
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Principals and test coordinators New staff (and returning staff seeking a refresher)
Mathematics: Elementary (Grades 3–5) Constructed Responses Informational Webinar

Tuesday, February 27
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Deadline to register: February 14

Curriculum coordinators and teachers Intended for all staff
Mathematics: Middle School (Grades 6–8) Constructed Responses Informational Webinar

Wednesday, February 28
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Deadline to register: February 14

Curriculum coordinators and teachers Intended for all staff
PAN Tasks for Accessibility Features and Accommodations Thursday, February 29
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Principals, MCAS test coordinators, special education administrators and supervisors, and test administrators administering accessibility features for all students and accommodations for students with disabilities and EL students New staff (and returning staff seeking a refresher)
Mathematics: Grade 10 Constructed Responses Informational Webinar

Thursday, February 29
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Deadline to register: February 14

Curriculum coordinators and teachers Intended for all staff
English Language Arts (ELA): Middle School Essay (Grades 6–8) Informational Webinar

Tuesday, March 5
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Deadline to register: February 26

Curriculum coordinators and teachers Intended for all staff
Tasks in PAN During Testing Tuesday, March 12
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Principals, test coordinators, and test administrators New staff (and returning staff seeking a refresher)
Tasks in PAN After Testing Thursday, March 14
9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Principals and test coordinators New staff (and returning staff seeking a refresher)
Grade 8 Civics Test Administration Training Thursday, March 21
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Principals and test coordinators Intended for all staff

Last Updated: February 22, 2024

 
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