Monday, December 19, 2016

Seeking Public Feedback on Next-Generation MCAS Achievement Levels:

ESE convened a 14-person team this fall to develop and recommend performance level names for the upcoming Next Generation MCAS assessment.  The committee is now seeking public feedback on those levels, via an online survey, which include:

Achievement Levels and Descriptors

Draft Next-Generation MCAS Achievement Levels and Descriptors, as proposed by the Standard Setting Policy Committee

Exceeding Expectations
Students performing at this level on this test exceed grade-level expectations for knowledge, skills, and understanding; and, are academically well prepared to succeed at the next grade level.
Meeting Expectations
Students performing at this level on this test meet grade-level expectations for knowledge, skills, and understanding; and, are academically prepared to succeed at the next grade level.
Partially Meeting Expectations
Students performing at this level on this test partially meet grade-level expectations for knowledge, skills, and understanding. These students may need coordinated assistance and/or additional instruction to succeed at the next grade level.
Not Yet Meeting Expectations
Students performing at this level on this test did not meet grade-level expectations for knowledge, skills, or understanding. These students need substantial coordinated intervention and/or additional instruction to succeed at the next grade level.

Legacy MCAS Achievement Levels and Descriptors

Advanced
Students at this level demonstrate a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of challenging subject matter and provide sophisticated solutions to complex problems.
Proficient
Students at this level demonstrate a solid understanding of challenging subject matter and solve a wide variety of problems.
Needs Improvement
Students at this level demonstrate a partial understanding of subject matter and solve some simple problems.
Warning (Failing at high school)
Students at this level demonstrate a minimal understanding of subject matter and do not solve simple problems.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

New ACCESS for ELLs Results

ACCESS for ELLs Results, Standard Setting, and 2016-2017 Revised Reclassification Criteria:
Massachusetts administered the new ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 English proficiency assessment for the first time in January and February using a combination of computer- and paper-based forms for students in grades 1-12. Results were reported in May.

During the summer, WIDA, supported by their partner, the Center for Applied Linguistics, conducted a study and set new limits defining the lower and upper ends of each proficiency level on ACCESS 2.0. This online message discusses the results of the study and how it will affect how students are classified. The ELL Assessment Update sent on November 28 to English language learner directors also provided details on the revised reclassification criteria for 2016-2017.

For more information about the placement and reclassification of English learners, contact the Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement at ell@doe.mass.edu or 781 338-3584. For more information regarding ACCESS results or the proficiency levels on the test, please contact Student Assessment Services at either access@doe.mass.edu or 781-338-3625.  

Friday, December 9, 2016

Next Generation Testing Update

The released testing schedule for High School MCAS, as well as the grade 3-8 ELA and math Next Generation MCAS is now available.

MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has also released its transition plan for the high school MCAS assessments, as well as the grade 5 and 8 science MCAS based on the revised 2016 standards.  These resources can be found here.

Monday, December 5, 2016

PARCC Releases 2015-16 Test Items

PARCC Consortium test items from 2015-16, as well as previous years, are now available on the Partnership Resource Center.  Additional resources, such as test scoring rubrics, student writing samples and learning standard guidelines are also available on this site.