Thursday, May 22, 2014

PARCC/MCAS Choice and Listening Tour

Districts are in the process of deciding whether to administer PARCC or MCAS tests in ELA and Mathematics for students in grades 3-8 in spring 2015. The timeline for making the decision is as follows:
  • Monday, May 19: District superintendents receive email with instructions and a pass code for registering the district's choice through an online tool
  • Mid to late-May: Information sessions to assist in decision-making (see below)
  • May 19–June 30: District superintendents register early decision
  • 12:00 p.m., Monday, June 30: Deadline for early decision submission
  • 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 1: Deadline for decision, pending availability
To help inform districts' decision-making around this choice, the Department has been holding a series of conference calls and regional meetings for district and charter leaders. There are two upcoming conference calls: Fri 5/23 10am and Wed 5/28 10am (more information). There are also a number of 2-hour regional meetings, too many to list here, but you can find more information online.  

The sessions are designed to help districts answer questions such as:

  • Will my district choose to administer PARCC or MCAS tests for grades 3-8 in ELA and Mathematics in spring 2015?
  • If my district chooses PARCC:
    • Will my district administer the computer-based or paper-based PARCC tests?
    • How would my district plan technology resources for PARCC computer-based testing?
  • Will my district choose to administer spring 2015 PARCC tests in ELA and Mathematics in grade 9 and/or 11, if funding is available?
  • What are the accountability implications for my choice?
In addition, the Department is hosting a PARCC 2014 "listening tour" statewide to elicit feedback from test administrators and classroom teachers on the spring 2014 administration of the PARCC field test. These regional sessions are often scheduled back-to-back with the choice information sessions mentioned above. 

Questions? Please email parcc@doe.mass.edu

Monday, May 5, 2014

2014 TELL MASS Survey Results Available

ESE announced, in a recent Commissioner’s Update, that the TELL MASS survey results are now available for the state as well as for districts and schools that met or exceeded the minimum response threshold (50 percent and at least 5 respondents). More than 38,000 educators responded to the survey, which collected perception data on the following topics:
• Community Engagement and Support
• Teacher Leadership
• School Leadership
• Managing Student Conduct
• Use of Time
• Professional Development
• Facilities and Resources
• Instructional Practices and Support
• New Teacher Support


To view the aggregate results go to www.tellmass.org/results. The "Resources" tab provides tools and guides to assist in reviewing and discussing the survey data to inform school improvement.

Friday, May 2, 2014

School and District Feedback Survey for PARCC Field Test

The following was included in the most recent SAS update. If your school/district participated, or will participate, in PARCC, please take the time to share your thoughts, concerns, questions, etc. Surveys are due by June 13th. 

"PARCC created a survey that school and district leaders may use to submit additional feedback on the PARCC Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) and End-of-Year (EOY) Assessment. PARCC will use information gathered through this survey to improve test administration policies and protocols. District/school test coordinators and technology coordinators are encouraged to fill out this survey after their field test administration (PBA or EOY) but no later than June 13, 2014, at www.surveymonkey.com/s/PARCC-field-test-feedback. Staff of district/schools participating in both the PBA and the EOY may choose to give feedback through separate survey responses (i.e., one response after the PBA and one response after the EOY) or through a combined survey response.

Please note that test administrators may submit feedback through the Test Administrator Survey found atwww.surveymonkey.com/s/3ZJSXH3."