Monday, October 16, 2017

Student Learning Experience Reports

This year, districts have access to a new report in Edwin.  The Student Learning Experience report provides information on a students' learning experience, over one year or five years.  This report looks at the experience of students in terms of the assignment of their teachers.  This report can help inform conversations about teacher assignment to specific students or subgroups of students, and support discussions about the inequity of educational experience among certain subgroups.  This report is accessible in Edwin.  Tutorial videos on the Student Learning Experience report can be found here.

Monday, October 9, 2017

MCAS Update: Transition to Computer-Based Testing for Grades 4, 5, 7 & 8

Continued Transition to Computer-Based Testing

The transition to full computer-based testing will continue in spring 2018, with the expectation that all schools will administer the following tests using the computer-based format:
  • Grade 4 ELA and Mathematics
  • Grade 5 ELA, Mathematics, and legacy Science and Technology/Engineering (STE)
  • Grade 7 ELA and Mathematics
  • Grade 8 ELA, Mathematics, and legacy STE
For grades 3 and 6, schools may elect to administer either the computer-based or paper-based tests in spring 2018.

Paper-based tests will always be available as an accommodation if required by a student's individualized education program (IEP) and as needed for the small number of students who do not have IEPs but who are unable to take a computer-based test for other reasons. Similar to the 2016-2017 school year, this fall districts will have an opportunity to apply for a waiver from computer-based testing for one or more of their schools, provided the school is making a good-faith effort to comply and has a plan for transitioning to full computer-based testing in spring 2019.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Upcoming Reporting Session for Grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Results

The Department will host a reporting session on October 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. to help school and district leaders understand the changes to the MCAS program and prepare for the official release of the MCAS results.

The presentation will cover general information about the 2017 MCAS results, including an orientation to the new scales and achievement levels, the standard-setting process, and the new parent/guardian reports that will debut this year. 

The session will be recorded and available online a few days after the conclusion of the session and will be emailed directly to registrants within 24 hours.  Registration for the session is currently open.