Tuesday, November 29, 2016

STE Question Tryout for Grades 5 & 8

Voluntary Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Question Tryout for Grades 5 and 8:
As part of the STE transition plan to assess the new standards adopted in January 2016 and to transition to computer-based assessment, ESE is recruiting schools to participate in a voluntary test administration to try out new computer-based test questions for grades 5 and 8. Results will only be used to evaluate the questions administered and will not be used to generate student, school, or district results. The tryout administration window will be June 5–16, 2017, and the test session will take approximately 45 minutes. This tryout does not take the place of the regular MCAS administration. A survey to collect information from interested schools (i.e., number of students participating at grades 5 and/or 8) was emailed to elementary and middle school principals on Monday, November 14, 2016. 

Schools interested in participating should inform their superintendents and complete the brief online form by 5 p.m. November 30. Anyone with questions can contact the Office of Student Assessment Services at 781-338-3625 or mcas@doe.mass.edu

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Discipline Data Released

On November 17, ESE released suspension data for the 2015-16 school year. It was the second year of data since a state law and regulations tookeffect on July 1, 2014 that aimed at reducing the amount of learning time students miss due to suspensions or expulsions. More student discipline information and resources are available online, including information about the Rethinking Discipline Professional Learning Network.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Spring 2017 Next Generation MCAS Test Design Released

The MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently released the design of the 2017 Next Generation MCAS for ELA and math, grades 3-8.  Tests will continue to have open response and multiple choice questions, as well as new question types, including: technology enhanced, multiple select, and text-based and narrative essays.

For more information on the math Next Generation MCAS design and test content: http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/tdd/math.html?section=testdesign

For more information on the ELA Next Generation MCAS design and test content:

Monday, November 7, 2016

Next Generation Grade 10 MCAS Set for 2019

The class of 2021 will be the first students to take the Next Generation Grade 10 MCAS assessment, completing it in the Spring of 2019.  These current 8th grade students will participate this spring in the Next Generation 8th grade computer-based ELA and math assessment, gaining exposure to the next test.

Students in the class of 2020 and younger will continue to take the current MCAS assessments as part of their competency determination.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Pre-Approved MCAS Materials for Students with Disabilities Now Available

Pre-approved graphic organizers, checklists and reference sheets are now available for students with disabilities, based on the accommodations identified in their IEP and 504 plans. A list of these materials can be found on the department's MCAS website.