Friday, August 18, 2017

MCAS Data Release Update

This week, the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released additional MCAS data for grades 3-8, and grade 10.  This release included:
  • Raw scores for grades 3-8 in ELA and math
  • Complete results for grade 10 in ELA, math and science (including SGPs)
  • Assessment participation data
  • Essays for grades 4 and 8
In addition to the release of data, some test items were released on their partner site.

The data available this week is in addition to earlier releases of data, which included the Edwin Standards Analysis and Item Analysis reports.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Every Student Succeeds Act

This week, the Department presented their revised ESSA plan before the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.  The plan will go into effect during the 2017-18 school year, and outlines the accountability recommendations for schools and districts, as well as the Department's plan to support underperforming schools and subgroups.  The ESSA plan and the state's transition can be found here.  Information on other states' submitted ESSA plans can be found at the federal Understanding ESSA website.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What You Need to Know about 2017 ACCESS Scores

In 2016, WIDA introduced its revised assessment of English language proficiency, or ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.  Compared with previous standards and assessments, ACCESS 2.0 requires students to demonstrate a higher level of achievement of English proficiency.  The MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has advised districts and schools to "base instructional and reclassification decisions for the 2017-18 school year on ACCESS 2.0 results that are equivalent to the previous ACCESS 1.0 results."  The Department has provided a crosswalk of scores (see below) and districts and schools can also use the WIDA Score Lookup Calculator to convert ACCESS 2.0 scores to previous ACCESS 1.0 results.

Here's what districts and schools need to know about the 2017 ACCESS results:
  • ACCESS 2.0 assessment is more closely aligned with current WIDA standards and 2017 scores will more accurately reflect the language skills an ELL student will need in order to be successful after they exit English language support programs
  • Students need to attain a 4.2 overall, and a 3.9 Composite Literacy score to exit ELL status
  • Some students' ACCESS scores may go down in 2017, and fewer students overall may qualify to exit their status as "ELL".  However, despite the decrease in scores, students may have still made progress in learning English since last year.  Progress indicators will be made available later in the summer 2017.  You can expect that students in upper grades and at higher English proficiency levels will be most affected by the score changes.
  • WIDA has developed parent handouts on these score changes available here.
  • Handouts and videos on sharing this information with teachers are available here.
  • You may use either the Department's "Concordance Table<http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/access/results.html>" or the WIDA Score Lookup Calculator <https://www.wida.us/ACCESSTraining/ScaleScoreCalculator.aspx> to determine what last year's scores would have been with the new score scale applied. Educators can then compare scores from 2016 to 2017 on the same scale and determine where students made progress.

Additional information can be found:


Monday, August 7, 2017

Request for Feedback: School and District Profiles

The Department is asking users of the School and District Profiles site to complete a brief online survey to share their likes and dislikes. In addition, staff would love to talk with active Profiles users either by phone or in person to hear more. To participate in a Profiles focus group, please send an email to portalservices@doe.mass.edu.
 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2017 MCAS Edwin Reports Available

This week the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education began releasing 2017 MCAS Edwin Reports.  The preliminary results only include multiple choice items as open response and short answer items continue to be scored.  The reports currently available for ELA, science and math grades 3-8 include:

  • School and District MCAS Item Analysis Test Summery (IT301, IT401)
  • School and District MCAS Test Item Analysis Graph (IT302, IT402)
  • MCAS Student Item Analysis Roster (IT616)


Monday, July 17, 2017

US Department of Education Launches New IDEA Website

The U.S. DOE recently re-launched its IDEA website.  The new site includes additional resources for specific audiences, including parents, teachers and grantees, as well as data reports.



Saturday, July 15, 2017

New EWIS Reports and EWIS Training

In the next release of the Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS), districts will have access to new reports based on the EWIS Postsecondary Readiness model. More information about EWIS is available online.

The release of all EWIS models and reports is scheduled for the week of August 25. Please remember that to be included in the EWIS calculations, all of a district's statewide collections (SIMSEPIMSSCS, and SSDR) must be completed. Districts that do not report these data by the due dates will not have EWIS data in the initial release in Edwin Analytics for the beginning of the school year.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be offering a full day workshop entitled "Maximizing EWIS to Improve Student Achievement" on September 18, 2017. Please encourage teams to register if possible to get the full impact from the session. For more information, email ewis@doe.mass.edu

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Tiered Systems of Support Academies

The Department is pleased to offer four intensive professional development academies designed to aid school and district teams with the implementation of tiered systems of instruction and support. The academies consist of regional trainings and in-district coaching sessions over the course of three years and are focused on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Tiered Literacy, Tiered Math, and Inclusive Tier 1 Instruction. Level 3, 4, and 5 schools and districts are prioritized for enrollment and their participation is free or greatly subsidized. Completed applications must be submitted online no later than 5 p.m. Friday, August 18

 Go online to learn more or enroll in one or more of the academies.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement Reports

On June 29, ESE released to each district that has English language learners a set of Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement reports intended to help districts monitor for compliance with the current SEI endorsement requirements. The reports should be in each district's RETELL DropBox. On July 10, ESE will hold a call for all superintendents, charter school leaders, and principals to discuss the SEI endorsement reports in general and how they can be used. Superintendents, assistant superintendents, English language learner directors, and principals should have received an On the Desktop message June 22 with information on how to participate in the call.

Monday, June 26, 2017

2017 MCAS Data Release and Review Schedule


Date*
Deliverable / Event
Mode of Delivery
June 2017
June 12
Portfolio Feedback Forms for students who participated in the MCAS-Alt posted electronically for principals

DropBox Central in the Department's Security Portal:
https://gateway.edu.state.ma.us/

June 20
MCAS ELA Composition images for grade 10 posted electronically for principals

MCAS Service Center website:
www.mcasservicecenter.com/

June 27









Raw MCAS .csv data files posted electronically for superintendents & principals:
·       ELA, full results for grade 10 (except SGP); selected response results only for grades 3–8 (Note: Next-Generation MCAS scaled scores & transitional SGPs not yet available)
·       Mathematics, selected response results only
·       STE, grades 5 & 8, selected response results only
·       MCAS-Alt, full results in all subjects

DropBox Central in the Department's Security Portal:
Schools may begin contacting the MCAS Service Center with questions about preliminary student results

MCAS Service Center:
1 (800) 737-5103
June 30
Raw MCAS Student Rosters posted electronically for superintendents & principals

DropBox Central in the Department's Security Portal:

July 2017
Beginning on
July 7
Raw MCAS curriculum & item analysis reports & interactive rosters available to superintendents & principals in Edwin Analytics:
·       ELA, full results (Note: Next-Generation MCAS scaled scores & transitional SGPs not yet available)
·       Mathematics, selected response results only
·       STE, grades 5 & 8, selected response results only

Edwin Analytics in the Department's Security Portal:
https://gateway.edu.state.ma.us/



Late July
MCAS-Alt score appeal results received by principals

Regular mail

August 2017
August 15

Preliminary MCAS Student Rosters & .csv data files posted electronically for superintendents & principals:
·       ELA, Math, & STE, full results (Note: Next-Generation MCAS scaled scores & transitional SGPs not yet available)
·       MCAS-Alt, full results in all subjects

DropBox Central in the Department’s Security Portal:
https://gateway.edu.state.ma.us/

Preliminary MCAS curriculum & item analysis reports & interactive rosters available to superintendents & principals in Edwin Analytics (Note: Next-Generation MCAS scaled scores & transitional SGPs not yet available)
Edwin Analytics in the Department's Security Portal:
https://gateway.edu.state.ma.us/


Preliminary assessment participation data – aggregated by subgroup & subject – posted electronically for superintendents & principals

DropBox Central in the Department’s Security Portal:
https://gateway.edu.state.ma.us/


August 15 – August 22
MCAS discrepancy reporting window. Instructions on how to identify & report discrepancies will be posted at the MCAS Service Center website & in DropBox Central in the Department’s Security Portal. Discrepancies reported after this window closes will NOT be included in MCAS Parent/Guardian Reports or in the public release of official school & district results

MCAS Service Center website:
www.mcasservicecenter.com/
Department’s Security Portal:
https://gateway.edu.state.ma.us/

August 15
MCAS reporting teleconferences to assist superintendents & principals in their review of preliminary MCAS results & in reporting discrepancies

Registration required through the MCAS Service Center website: www.mcasservicecenter.com/


Late August
Preliminary accountability data for all districts & schools provided electronically to superintendents & principals

Department’s Security Portal:
https://gateway.edu.state.ma.us/

Accountability reporting webinars to assist superintendents & principals in their review of preliminary accountability data

TBD

September 2017
Mid-September
MCAS-Alt portfolios & portfolio feedback forms received by principals

UPS delivery to district offices


October 2017
Mid-October
Official embargoed MCAS student rosters & .csv data files posted electronically for superintendents & principals

DropBox Central in the Department’s Security Portal:
https://gateway.edu.state.ma.us/

Official embargoed MCAS & MCAS-Alt student results available to superintendents & principals in Edwin Analytics
Edwin Analytics in the Department’s Security Portal:
https://gateway.edu.state.ma.us/

Official embargoed assessment participation data – aggregated by subgroup & subject – posted electronically for superintendents & principals

DropBox Central in the Department’s Security Portal:
https://gateway.edu.state.ma.us/

Official embargoed accountability data for all districts & schools provided electronically to superintendents & principals

Department’s Security Portal:
https://gateway.edu.state.ma.us/
October 24
Official district & school-level MCAS & MCAS-Alt results released to the public

Department’s website:
http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/

Official accountability reports for all districts & schools released to the public

Department’s website:
http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/

Printed MCAS parent/guardian reports for students participating in standard MCAS tests & MCAS-Alt received by superintendents

UPS delivery to district offices


November 2017
Mid-November
School & district report cards available to the public

Department’s website:
http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/