Tuesday, December 15, 2015

MA Assessment 2016

It  is hard to believe that December is here. These past few months have flown by and have been filled with excitement. On November 12th, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted on a Next Generation MCAS assessment which will combine elements of the current MCAS assessment with another that is closely aligned to with the ELA Massachusetts Frameworks. The state anticipates this assessment will be ready for administration in 2017. This week I would like to highlight some logistical details for assessment this school year.

2016 Transition Year 
  • MCAS districts in 2015 can choose to switch to PARCC in 2016 and select their mode of administration (computer based test (CBT) or paper based test (PBT))
    • Any district taking PARCC will be held harmless
    • Any district administering MCAS will be held accountable
      • 2016 MCAS test will include augmented PARCC items
      • ELA Composition eliminated in grades 4 and 7
      • Grade 10 Composition will remain 
  • PARCC districts in 2015 will again administer PARCC, but can choose to change their mode of  administration to CBT or PBT.
    • New Tools on PARCC this year:
      • TestNav app for desktops and laptops replaces all Google Chrome and older Java based browsers
      • Headphones required for all ELA/L units
      • Larger screen size  for ELA/L constructed responses
      • Spell check available for ELA/L responses
      • Flag items for review before exiting session
  • ALL Districts will continue to administer:
    • Grade 5 and Grade 8 Science and Technology/Engineering MCAS
    • Grade 10 MCAS ELA and Mathematics Test
    • High School MCAS Science and Technology/Engineering tests
    • High School MCAS retests
    • MCAS-Alt
    • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0
      • now computer based
  • 2016 Testing Window Dates
    • MCAS
      • Grades 3-8 ELA: March 28-April 12
      • NEW: ELA window will be one week later for grades 3-8
      • Grade 10 dates will remain the same
      • Grades 3-8 Math: May 9-24
    • PARCC
      • NEW: Consolidated schedule (End of Year (EOY) and Performance Based Assessment (PBA) in 2015) will be combined into ONE testing window in 2016)
        • CBT: April 25 - June 6
        • PBT: April  25-May 27

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