Tobin K-8 | MCAS Spring 2017[MCAS Question Search]
  designed by John Holly, Director of Instruction


The MCAS page is designed for Tobin/BPS educators to utilize information from DESE to support forward planning for Spring 2017 MCAS assessments. The MCAS page features a drop down menu for Test administrator training and a set of planning tools for ELA, Math and Science. DESE Blueprints for the MCAS assessments reference the number of MCAS test sessions, question type descriptors, points per question/category and other helpful information within each menu.

MCAS PearsonAccess (LIVE) MCAS PearsonAccess (Training)
MCAS Training Session Drop Down Menu for Spring 2017

1. MCAS Test Administrator Training, Test Security and Logistics, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Training Sign-in Sheet, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Non-disclosure Statement, Spring 2017
  • In accordance with the MCAS Principal and Test Administrator Manual, test administrators for students with disabilities using accommodations A2, A3, A5, A6, A8, A10.1, A11, A12, A13, A14, and A15, and special access accommodations SA1.2, SA2, SA3.1, and SA6 must sign an MCAS Nondisclosure Agreement (see Appendix E) prior to receipt or viewing of secure test materials.
  • MCAS Test Security, Spring 2017
  • MCAS CBT Test Materials Internal Tracking Form, Spring 2017
  • MCAS PBT Test Materials Internal Tracking Form, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Make-up Sheet, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Do Not Disturb Sign, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Student General Meeting Expectations, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Tobin Letter for Families, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Student Responsibilities Letter, Spring 2017
  • MCAS/DESE Training Session Slides for Grades 3-8, Spring 2017

  • 2. MCAS Principal | Test Administrator | Accessibility Manuals, Spring 2017 (DESE)
  • MCAS Principal Administration Manual, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Grade 3 ELA/Math (Paper-Based) Test Admin Manual, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Grades 4-8 ELA/Math and Grades 5/8 Science (Paper-Based) Test Admin Manual, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Grade 3-8 ELA/Math Test Administrator's (Computer-Based) Test Admin Manual, Spring 2017
  • Accessibility and Accommodations Manual for MCAS Grades 3-8, Spring 2017
  • Pre-approved graphic organizers, checklists, and supplemental reference sheets, for SWD, Spring 2017

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    3. MCAS Testing Schedule, Breaks, Lunch, Testing Sequence, Spring 2017 (DESE)
  • MCAS Testing Schedule, Spring 2017 (Tobin K-8)

  • The Spring 2017 MCAS Principal Manual communicates policy guidance on MCAS scheduling, session lengths, breaks, lunch, concurrent testing, sequence etc. Specifics include:

  • MCAS Sessions and Recommended Length, Spring 2017 (DESE)
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      • MCAS Session lengths, p.16
      • MCAS Breaks and lunch, p.18
      • MCAS Concurrent Administration Requirement for CBT and PBT, p.18-19
      • MCAS Test Administration Sequence (ELA, Math, Science), p.19
      • MCAS Make-up Testing, p.19
    (PBT) - If a student is absent for a session of a test, s/he should take the remaining session(s) of the test according to the school's administration schedule and take the missed session during the make-up period.
    (CBT) - If a student is absent for a session of a test, s/he may participate in the next session with other students testing that day and then make up the missed sessions later on. To do so, follow the steps below:
    • Go to the "Students in Sessions" page in PearsonAccessNext, and check the box next to the name of the student who was absent. Go to "Select Tasks > Set Section Start/ Resume," and then click "Start."
    • On this page, check the box next to the student's name, and select the test session he or she is about to begin, and then click "Save."
    View video clip #10 for screenshots on how to set the Session Start for students (Make-ups)

    4.
    MCAS Test Administration Protocols | Tasks Prior/During Test Administration, Spring 2017
  • The Table of Contents in the Spring 2017 Test Administrator Manuals communicate MCAS Test Security Requirements (PART I), MCAS test administration Protocols (PART II), MCAS Tasks (PART III), Optional Practice Tests (PART IV), and Test Administration (PART V), to complete prior and during MCAS test administration. The page numbers of protocols and tasks is different in the PBT vs. CBT manuals. Specifics include:
  •   • Part II A. Supervising Test Administration, p.10
      • Part II B. Testing Time (Session length, Same-day requirement, 1 break (3-5 min) and lunch), p.10-11
      • Part II C. Test Administration Interruptions, p.12
      • Part II D. Planning for Required and Prohibited Materials, p.12
      • Part II E. Materials Required/Permitted during Testing, p.13-15
      • Part II F. Materials Prohibited during Testing, p.16
      • Part II G. Accounting for Secure Materials, p.17
      • Part II H. Assisting Students with Technology during Testing, p.17
      • Part II I. Administering Accommodations, p.18
      • Part III A. Receive This Manual and Document Receipt, p.20
      • Part III B. Attend Test Administrators' Training ☺, p.20
      • Part III C. Prepare the Testing Space, p.22
      • Part IV A. Administering the Student Tutorial, p.26
      • Part IV B. Administering the Practice Tests, p.26-27
      • Part V A. Materials Needed for Session 1, p.30
      • Part V B. Before Students Arrive CBT Start Session/Seal Codes, p.30-32
      • Part V C. As Students Arrive (SCRIPT), p.33
      • Part V D. Administer Session 1 (SCRIPT), p.34
      • Part VI Administer ELA Session 2, p.39-44
      • Part VII Administer ELA Session 3, p.49-54
      • Part VIII Administer Math Session 1, p.59-64
      • Part IX Administer Math Session 2, p.69-74

      • Part II A. Supervising Test Administration, p.10
      • Part II B. Testing Time (Session length, Same-day requirement, 1 break (3-5 min) and lunch), p.10-11
      • Part II C. Test Administration Interruptions, p.11
      • Part II D. Planning for Required and Prohibited Materials, p.12
      • Part II E. Materials Required/Permitted during Testing, p.12
      • Part II F. Materials Prohibited during Testing, p.13
      • Part II G. Accounting for Secure Materials, p.14
      • Part II J. Administering Accommodations, p.15
      • Part III A. Receive This Manual and Document Receipt, p.18
      • Part III B. Attend Test Administrators' Training ☺, p.18
      • Part III C. Prepare the Testing Space, p.20
      • Part III D. Complete Front Covers of Answer Booklets, p.20
      • Part IV Administering the Practice Tests (optional), p.21
      • Part V A. Materials Needed for Session 1, p.24 or p.26
      • Part V B. Before Students Arrive, p.24 or p.26
      • Part V C. As Students Arrive (SCRIPT), p.25 or p.27
      • Part V D. Administer Session 1 (SCRIPT), p.26 or p.28
      • Part VI-IX and Science (See TAMs), p.31-60 or p.35-84
      • Part XII Administering Grade 5/8 Student Questionnaires, p.89

    5.
    MCAS PearsonAccessNext LIVE, Training Videos, and Simulation Site, Spring 2017
  • MCAS PearsonAccessNext Login (LIVE), Spring 2017

  • MCAS PearsonAccessNext Training (Videos), Spring 2017

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  • MCAS PearsonAccessNext Training Login (Simulation), Spring 2017
  • MCAS Proctors follow the steps below to access MCAS Practice Tests and/or simulate the actual CBT experience.
      • 1. Go to MCAS Training PearsonAccessNext
      • 2. Click green Sign In button to Login with user name (BPS email address) and password (click password link as needed)
      • 3. Go to blue TESTING button, click on Select an action (drop down menu) and select "Sessions"
      • 4. Select a Session from list by clicking on a box aside your choice. e.g. ELA04 SCOTT
      • 5. Click on white "Go to Students in Sessions" link (upper left) w/blue (LIVE site) or brown (training site) background
      • 6. Click in circle under Session List for desired Session e.g. ELA04 SCOTT (middle left of screen)
      • 7. Click on blue Prepare Session button (right side screen). As available, test content will load in background "waiting".
      • 8. Click on green Start Session button
      • 9. Click on Slider from locked status icon to unlock status for students to begin on their own Chromebooks


    6. MCAS PearsonAccessNext Online Support Guide, Spring 2017
  • MCAS PearsonAccessNext Online User Guide, Spring 2017
  • Before Online Testing (Guidelines/Screenshots)
  • During Online Testing (Guidelines/Screenshots)
  •   •Monitor or Change Student Status
      •Resume a Test
      •Undo Student Test Submission

    7. MCAS Accessibility Features and Accommodations for SWDs and ELLs Spring 2017 (DESE)
  • Accessibility and Accommodations Manual for MCAS Grades 3-8, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Appendix B: Procedures for SWD Accommodations Unpacked p.83-96, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Universal and Designated Accessibility Features, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Accessibility and Accommodations for ELLs, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Procedures for Read Aloud (CBT), Spring 2017
  • MCAS Bilingual Dictionaries and Glossaries Authorized for Use by ELLs, Spring 2017
  • ELL students, including those who have been identified as LEP in the past, but are no longer reported as LEP, may use an authorized bilingual word-to-word dictionary or glossary on the following MCAS tests:
      • ELA-authorized word-to-word dictionary (if available)
      • Mathematics-authorized word-to-word dictionary and glossary (if available)
      • STE-authorized word-to-word dictionary and glossary (if available)
    Bilingual dictionary use for MCAS tests is strictly limited to those that provide word-to-word translations. Dictionaries that include definitions, synonyms, antonyms, phrases, and other information are prohibited. Electronic dictionaries are also not allowed. A list of authorized bilingual dictionaries and glossaries is available on the Department's website at http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/testadmin/lep-bilingual-dictionary.docx. To discuss the approval of a word-to-word dictionary not included in the list, please call 781-338-3625.
  • Pre-approved graphic organizers, checklists, and supplemental reference sheets, for SWD, Spring 2017
  • Slide 15: Overview of MCAS Accommodations and Accessibility Features Grades 3-8, Spring 2017
  • Comparison of MCAS Accommodations and Accessibility Features for SWDs, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Participation Requirements for Students in Grades 3-8 (DESE)

  • BPS Accountability FAQs and Observation Sheet for MCAS, Spring 2017 (BPS)
  • MCAS/BPS Observation Sheet, Spring 2017
  • MCAS 2.0 Admin FAQs from BPS, Spring 2017
  • BPS/MCAS 2.0 Resources Google Drive, Spring 2017
  • MCAS District Testing Mode Decisions (DESE)


  • MCAS Drop Down Menu in ELA, Math and Science for Spring 2017

  • MCAS ELA Test Design Blueprint, Spring 2017 (DESE)
  • MCAS Instructional Implication Slides, Spring 2017 (BPS Training)



  • Pre-Approved ELA Graphic Organizers (SWDs):
  • MCAS Grades 3 and 4: Short Response (DESE)
  • MCAS Grades 3-5: Essay (DESE)
  • MCAS Grades 3-5: Story (DESE)
  • MCAS Grades 6-8: Essay (DESE)
  • MCAS Grades 6-8: Story (DESE)
  • The pre-approved graphic organizers, checklists, and reference sheets listed above are for use by students with disabilities in grades 3-8 who have this MCAS accommodation (A9 from the Accessibility and Accommodations Manual for the Spring 2017 MCAS Grades 3-8 Tests) listed in their IEPs or 504 plans. The Department encourages schools to familiarize students with these tools, since students should be comfortable using their graphic organizer or reference sheet during MCAS testing. Only the approved organizers and supplemental reference sheets listed below may be used for ELA and Mathematics MCAS testing and may not be altered.

  • MCAS Tutorial & Practice Tests:
  • MCAS Student Tutorial & Practice Tests, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Practice Tests | Answer Key/Rubrics (ELA Computer/Paper-based), Spring 2017
  • MCAS Practice Tests (Paper), Spring 2016
  • In accordance with the Massachusetts Board of Education November 17 vote, the Department will augment the spring 2016 MCAS English Language Arts and Mathematics tests for grades 3-8 with a limited number of PARCC test items. Districts and schools should familiarize themselves with PARCC items by using PARCC practice tests and released items from the 2015 administration..

  • MCAS Test Items, Student Work:
  • MCAS Achievement Level Definitions, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Question Search, 2009-2016
  • MCAS Test Items, 2012-2016
  • MCAS Student Work/Scoring Guides, 2012-2016
  • MCAS Practice Tests, Spring 2016


  • PARCC Released Items, Standards Reference and Rubrics Grade 3-5 and 6-8
  • PARCC ELA Released Items (Google folder for grades 3-5)
  • PARCC ELA Released Items (Google folder for grades 6-8)


  • MCAS Math Test Design Blueprint, Spring 2017 (DESE)
  • MCAS Instructional Implication Slides, Spring 2017 (BPS Training)



  • Pre-Approved Supplemental Mathematics Reference Sheets for SWDs:
  • MCAS Grade 3 (DESE)
  • MCAS Grade 4 (DESE)
  • MCAS Grade 5 (DESE)
  • MCAS Grade 6 (DESE)
  • MCAS Grade 7 (DESE)
  • MCAS Grade 8 (DESE)
  • The pre-approved reference sheets listed above are for use by students with disabilities in grades 3-8 who have this MCAS accommodation (A9 from the Accessibility and Accommodations Manual for the Spring 2017 MCAS Grades 3-8 Tests) listed in their IEPs or 504 plans. Only the approved organizers and supplemental reference sheets listed below may be used for ELA and Mathematics MCAS testing and may not be altered.

  • MCAS Grade 5-8 Math Reference Sheets and Rulers (3-8):
  • MCAS Grade 5 (DESE)
  • MCAS Grade 6 (DESE)
  • MCAS Grade 7 (DESE)
  • MCAS Grade 8 (DESE)
  • In accordance with the MCAS Principal Manual, students taking the computer-based Mathematics (CBT) test have rulers (grades 3-8) and reference sheets (grades 5-8) embedded in the student testing platform that will be available during testing. Schools may provide printed reference sheets to students in grades 5-8 who prefer to use them instead of the online version. Reference sheets for computer-based schools may be printed from the Department's website. Students have access to two separate rulers: a centimeter ruler and a 1/8-inch ruler. Students are not permitted to use handheld rulers on the computer-based test.

    In accordance with the MCAS Principal Manual, students taking the Paper-based Mathematics (PBT) test will be provided with reference sheets and rulers for designated tests that included in shipments of test materials. Students have access to two separate rulers: a centimeter ruler and a 1/8-inch ruler. Students are not permitted to use handheld rulers on the computer-based test.

  • MCAS Tutorial & Practice Tests:
  • MCAS Student Tutorial & Practice Tests, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Practice Tests | Answer Key/Rubrics (MATH Computer/Paper-based), Spring 2017
  • MCAS Practice Tests, Spring 2016
  • In accordance with the Massachusetts Board of Education November 17 vote, the Department will augment the spring 2016 MCAS English Language Arts and Mathematics tests for grades 3-8 with a limited number of PARCC test items. Districts and schools should familiarize themselves with PARCC items by using PARCC practice tests and released items from the 2015 administration.

  • MCAS Test Items, Student Work:
  • MCAS Achievement Level Definitions, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Question Search, 2009-2016
  • MCAS Test Items, 2012-2016
  • MCAS Student Work/Scoring Guides, 2012-2016
  • MCAS Practice Tests, Spring 2016


  • MCAS Science Test Design Blueprint, Spring 2017 (DESE)
  • MCAS Instructional Implication Slides, Spring 2017 (BPS Training)



  • Pre-Approved STE Reference Sheets:
  • MCAS Grade 5 (DESE)
  • MCAS Grade 8 (DESE)
  • The pre-approved reference sheets listed above are for use by students with disabilities in grade 5 and 8 who have this MCAS accommodation (A9 from the Accessibility and Accommodations Manual for the Spring 2017 MCAS Grades 3-8 Tests) listed in their IEPs or 504 plans. The Department encourages schools to familiarize students with these tools, since students should be comfortable using their graphic organizer or reference sheet during MCAS testing. The sample Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) reference sheets listed below may be used as is, or may be used with selected text and graphics removed; however, additional Department approval is required if any text or graphics are added, or if a different reference sheet is created. To obtain approval for a unique STE reference sheet, please submit to mcas@doe.mass.edu

  • MCAS Tutorial & Practice Tests:
  • MCAS Student Tutorial & Practice Tests, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Practice Tests | Answer Key/Rubrics (Science Paper-based only), Spring 2017
  • MCAS Practice Tests, Spring 2016
  • In accordance with the Massachusetts Board of Education November 17 vote, the Department will augment the spring 2016 MCAS English Language Arts and Mathematics tests for grades 3-8 with a limited number of PARCC test items. Districts and schools should familiarize themselves with PARCC items by using PARCC practice tests and released items from the 2015 administration..

  • Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Standards:
  • 2001/06 Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Standards to be assessed on the 2017 MCAS Grade 5 STE Test
  • 2001/06 Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Standards to be assessed on the 2017 MCAS Grade 8 STE Test
  • Transition Plan for MCAS Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Tests
  • Katie Bowler at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provided an update regarding the lists of 2001/06 Grade 3-5 and 6-8 STE standards that will be assessed on the 2017 MCAS Grade 5 and 8 STE tests. The lists of standards above are being released because schools and districts are currently transitioning to the standards in the 2016 Massachusetts STE Framework. Schools and districts are at different points of transition, so providing these lists identifies standards that may need to be included in instruction. These lists are posted on the DESE website. The Science Standards transition timeline for the MCAS STE tests is available on the DESE. Please contact mcas@doe.mass.edu with questions.

  • MCAS Test Items, Student Work:
  • MCAS Achievement Level Definitions, Spring 2017
  • MCAS Question Search, 2009-2016
  • MCAS Test Items, 2012-2016
  • MCAS Student Work/Scoring Guides, 2012-2016
  • MCAS Practice Tests, Spring 2016



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