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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Training Opportunities

Training Sessions Currently Being Offered

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 and Registration Link" column below.

Test(s)TopicsTraining Dates and Registration LinkAudience
MCAS Grades 3–8 and High School Tests Using PearsonAccessnext (the online test administration management system) and tasks for computer-based testing Training Modules Principals, MCAS test coordinators, technology coordinators, test administrators
MCAS November Retests Overview of the Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile (SR/PNP) process for ordering test materials and updating selected accommodations September 20, 2017 at 10:00–11:30 a.m. Principals, MCAS test coordinators, technology coordinators
MCAS-Alt (grades 3-8 and high schools) Fall 2017 MCAS-Alt Educator Training
A series of half-day training sessions for teachers on assembling student portfolios for the 2018 MCAS-Alt for students with significant disabilities
Week 1:
Sessions will be held 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.:
  • September 25: Holyoke
  • September 26: Taunton
  • October 2: Danvers
  • October 3: Randolph
Week 2:
Sessions will be held 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.:
  • October 10: Danvers
  • October 11: Marlborough
  • October 12: Taunton
  • October 17: Springfield
Special educators and their supervisors
MCAS-Alt (grades 3-8 and high schools) Fall 2017 MCAS-Alt Administrator's Overview
Afternoon information and awareness sessions presented for administrators, including those who supervise teachers submitting the MCAS-Alt, on:
  • Participation requirements for MCAS and MCAS-Alt, including graduation requirements
  • Accessibility features and accommodations for spring 2018 MCAS
  • Features of the MCAS-Alt
  • How the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will affect assessment for students with disabilities
Sessions will be held 1:30-3:00 p.m.:
  • October 10: Danvers
  • October 11: Marlborough
  • October 12: Taunton
  • October 17: Springfield
School and district administrators, special education supervisors, assessment coordinators
MCAS-Alt (grades 3-8 and high schools) MCAS-Alt Portfolios-in-Progress
Half-day review sessions for educators who will be submitting MCAS-Alt portfolios to receive information and have their questions answered by MCAS-Alt training specialists
January sessions:
Sessions will be held 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.:
  • January 8: Springfield
  • January 9: Marlborough
  • January 10: Marlborough
  • January 17: Taunton
  • January 18: Danvers

February Sessions:
Sessions will be held 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.:
  • February 13: Springfield
  • February 14: Marlborough
  • February 27: Taunton
  • February 28: Danvers
Special educators

Other Upcoming Training Sessions

Below is a list of upcoming training opportunities offered by the Office of Student Assessment Services. When the registrations are available, these sessions will move to the section at the top of this page. For more information, email mcas@doe.mass.edu.

Test(s)TopicsTraining DatesAudience
ACCESS for ELLs (grades K-12) ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration Workshops
  • Test security requirements and test administration protocols
  • Participation guidelines
  • Accessibility and accommodations
  • Review of training accounts and computer-based testing procedures
Face-to-face sessions for new Test Coordinators will be held 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.:
  • September 27: Holyoke
  • October 5: Brockton

A remote session for new Test Coordinators will be held September 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

A remote session for Returning Test Coordinators will be held October 3, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Principals, ACCESS for ELLs test coordinators, technology coordinators
MCAS Next Generation Reporting Webinars Results for Next Generation MCAS Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics Tests
  • New achievement levels and scales
  • Understanding results for schools, districts, and the state
  • Transitional Student Growth Percentiles
  • An update on Competency Determination policies beginning with the Class of 2021
Late October 2017 TBD, coinciding with the official release

Separate calls for ELA and Mathematics
School and district officials, MCAS reporting specialists, ELA and Mathematics coordinators


Last Updated: September 18, 2017
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