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Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

New Alternative Assessment

We are very excited to share a new alternative assessment option that is being made available through the regulatory pilot for a subset of subject matter knowledge tests for eligible candidates. In partnership with the Department, the Evaluation Systems Group (ES) of Pearson has developed MTEL-Flex, an alternative to standardized testing.

What is MTEL-Flex?

MTEL-Flex provides an assessment option for MTEL candidates whose score on select MTEL test fields is very close to the passing score (within one standard error of measurement of passing). Candidates who meet this eligibility requirement have the opportunity to submit an MTEL-Flex assessment rather than retaking the full MTEL test. For MTEL-Flex, candidates provide an analysis of an MTEL test objective to demonstrate the depth of their subject matter knowledge. Most candidates (with the exception of candidates taking the MTEL-Flex Spanish—Oral Expression) will provide a written submission to demonstrate their subject matter knowledge. Candidates who pass MTEL-Flex will meet the subject matter test requirement for their license. For more details about the structure of the MTEL-Flex, please see the MTEL website.

Content Areas

The MTEL-Flex is available for the following content area tests:

  • English (61)
  • English as a Second Language (54)
  • Foundations of Reading (190)
  • General Curriculum (003)
    • Multi-Subject
    • Mathematics
  • History (06)
  • Spanish (28)

Please see MTEL-Flex or the MTEL website for more details.

Last Updated: January 25, 2022

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