MCAS Spring 2021 Training and Support[MCAS Question Search]
  John Holly, Director of Instruction

MCAS Training and Support Overview, Spring 2021:
The MCAS training and support platform is available for Tobin K-8 and Boston's Bridge to Excellence, educators and staff to utilize information from MDESE and PearsonAccess Next to support forward planning for Spring 2021 MCAS. The BPS/MCAS Google Drive for Spring 2021 is a helpful launch point. In addition, the MDESE/MCAS Training Page allows educators to register for state sponsored training opportunities offered by the Office of Student Assessment Services.

MDESE State Curriculum Frameworks:
 • ELA Standards assessed on Spring 2021 MCAS are based on the 2017 ELA Curriculum Frameworks.

 • Math Standards assessed on Spring 2021 MCAS are based on the 2017 Math Curriculum Frameworks.

 • Science Standards assessed on Spring 2021 MCAS are based on the 2016 STE Curriculum Frameworks.

MCAS Training Modules, Spring 2021:
The MCAS Training Modules feature a set of planning tools for ELA, Math and Science including: graphic organizers, reference sheets, equation editor guides and the MCAS Blueprints that 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 Modules Drop Down Menu for Spring 2021

1a. MCAS Test Administrator Health, Security and Logistics, Spring 2021
  • A. MCAS Training Sign-in Sheet, Spring 2021
  • B. MCAS Attend Test Administrator Training, Spring 2021
  • C. MCAS Non-disclosure Acknowledgement, Spring 2020
  • In accordance with the MCAS Principal and Test Administrator Manual, the MCAS Non-disclosure Acknowledgement Form must be signed by test administrators who are administering MCAS tests to students with disabilities or EL students using accommodations A2, A3.2, A5, A6, A10.1, A11, A12, A13, and A15; special access accommodations SA1.2, SA2, SA3.1, and SA6; and English learner accommodations EL3.2 and EL4.1. These accommodations require the test administrator to view secure material in the form of either test content or student responses. This form should be distributed to and signed by test administrators before they view secure test material. Since no other individuals in schools are authorized to review secure MCAS test content, signing this form is not required for any other staff.

  • BPS Guidance for Administering the MCAS, Spring 2021

  • MCAS Test Security Requirements (PAM), Spring 2021

  • MCAS Health and Safety Protocols, Spring 2021
  • The BPS follows Massachusetts Department of Public Health requirements when administering Spring 2021 assessments. These requirements refer to:
      •Schools require that families self-certify that they are free of symptoms before entering school buildings;
      •The capacity limit for students in a single space within the building is 10 or fewer (10 students per 1,000 square feet);
      •Schools require students to wash/sanitize hands, wear masks, and maintain distance;
        o Masks are required except when unsafe due to age, medical condition, or disability.
        o Ideally, students must be 6 feet apart (seat edge to seat edge). Masks must cover the nose and mouth and be on at all times.
      •Schools increase rooms, surfaces and equipment cleaning and disinfection as part of the school schedules.

    Principals may need to adjust MCAS test administration protocols in accordance with health and safety protocols released by the MDESE. Please consult the DESE COVID-19 web pages for guidance, particularly On the Desktop (DESE) and the Facilities and Operations Guidance (DESE). Questions, please contact the Office of Student Assessment at 781-338-3625 or mcas@doe.mass.edu.

  • MCAS Test Security Requirements (PAM), Spring 2021
  • Principals are responsible for ensuring that all test administrators and school personnel authorized to have access to secure test materials comply with the requirements and instructions contained in this part of the Principal's Administration Manual (PAM) and in the Test Administrator's Manuals (TAMs). Designated and shared responsibilities include:
      • A. Responsibilities of the Principal and Designee, p.3-4
      • B. Shared Responsibilities of Principals, Test Administrators, Technology Staff etc, p.4-5
      • C. Responsibilities of Test Administrators, p.6-7
      • D. Testing Irregularities, p.8-9

  • MCAS Prohibited Materials (Cell Phones/Electronic Devices), Spring 2021
  • MCAS Test Administrators will require students to (1) turn phones/electronic devices off, (2) collect phones and (3) place in a secure location inside the classroom e.g. locked draw or closet. MCAS Test Administrators will return cell phones/electronic devices to students AFTER all students in the testing space have completed the scheduled session and student tests are in "Complete" or "Marked Complete" status.

  • MCAS Do Not Disturb Sign, Spring 2021
  • MCAS Make-up Sheet, Spring 2021

  • 1b.
    MCAS Tracking Form, Student Rosters and Test Tickets, Spring 2020
  • MCAS Test Materials Internal Tracking Form (CBT), Spring 2021
  • MCAS Make-up Sheet, Spring 2021
  • Homeroom and Proctor rosters were created by Test Coordinator with attributes:
  •   • MCAS Homeroom rosters designate MCAS proctors for ELA, Math and Science separately.
      • MCAS Proctor rosters are color coded ELA, Math and Science and designate testing space.
      • MCAS Proctor rosters are responsive to students with either an IEP or 504 plan and space.
      • MCAS Proctor rosters are responsive to students with EL designations e.g. First-year ELs.

      • MCAS Proctor rosters are responsive to recommendations by subject area educators.
  • Testing Tickets will be printed by Test Coordinator and placed in MCAS Test bins.

  • 2a.
    MCAS Testing Schedule, Spring 2021
    Schools will administer MCAS subject area tests in grades 3-5 between May 11 - June 11, 2021 and grades 6-8 between May 17 - June 11, 2021. The Spring 2021 Statewide Testing Schedule for Grades 3-8 was updated on April 9, 2021. School leaders may visit DESE News/Updates for future announcements. Schools will administer one test session for each subject area in Spring 2021. Please view the MCAS Recommended Testing Times, Spring 2021 (MDESE)

    MCAS Spring 2021 Schedule

    2b.
    MCAS Seating Arrangements, Spring 2021:
    In accordance with the MCAS Principal Manual, Spring 2021, the DESE suggests that schools use the following seating arrangements as strategies to create a secure environment:
      • Seat students at least two seats away from each other.
      • Seat students in a wide semi-circle with all the students facing into the center of the circle.
      • Seat students in every other row.
      • Seat students at opposite ends of a long lab table.
      • Physical barriers can also be used:
      • privacy screens on computer monitors
      • tri-fold display boards around testing devices
      • cardboard or heavy cardstock placed on desks or taped to the sides of monitors to create a barrier
    Regardless of how testing rooms are arranged, students must not have a view of any screen but their own.
    Note that using physical barriers to shield students from each other can also shield them from test administrators, making it more difficult to see what students are doing (e.g., using notes or a cell phone). Thus, it is especially important that test administrators circulate frequently throughout the room and monitor what students are doing when physical barriers are used.

  • MCAS Computer-Based Testing (CBT) Seating Chart Examples, Spring 2020

  • 2c.
    Chromebook Charging Protocol p.27, Spring 2021 (TAM):
      • Ensure all devices to be used for testing are charged prior to each test session.
      • Make sure sufficient power cords and power strips are available, as well as extra testing devices if needed.
      • Confirm that accessories, such as external keyboards for tablets and headphones for students using the text-to-speech edition, are available and in working order prior to testing.
      • Be sure that all students' testing devices have the latest version of TestNav installed. For details, visit http://download.testnav.com

    2d.
    MCAS Testing Sequence, Testing Space, Supervised Breaks/Lunch, Spring 2021 (MDESE)

  • The Spring 2021 MCAS Principal Manual communicates policy guidance on MCAS testing sequence, testing space, breaks, supervised lunch, and make-ups. Specifics include:

  • MCAS Test Administration Sequence (ELA, Math, Science), p.30
  •   The sequence for administering the Spring 2021 MCAS tests must be as follows:
      • ELA, followed by
      • Math, followed by
      • Science, (for grades 5 and 8).
      In addition, test sessions must be sequential: e.g., Session 1 must be administered before Session 2 (except for students participating in make-up testing).


  • Preparing the Testing Space, p.26 (Spring 2021)
  •  • Before each test session, the testing space must be prepared as follows:
     • Ensure that the room is free from noise or distractions and is adequately lit, ventilated, and furnished so that students can work comfortably and without disruption.
     • Ensure that each student will have adequate work space and be sufficiently separated from other students to support a secure test environment.
     • Cover or remove from the testing space all materials containing content in the subject area being tested, including any materials that might help students answer test questions. Examples of materials that must be covered or removed include, but are not limited to, posters, maps, charts, graphic organizers, word lists, number lines, multiplication tables, definitions, writing formulas, and mathematical formulas/ theorems. It is not necessary to cover or remove calendars, posters displaying the alphabet or consonant blends, or posters displaying the Pledge of Allegiance.
     • Prepare a sign that reads MCAS Do Not Disturb to be posted on the door during each MCAS administration session

  • MCAS Breaks and Supervised Lunch, p.45 (Spring 2021)
  •  • We will follow the MCAS Recommended Scripts for Supervised Lunch/Break, p.45. MCAS Proctors will read the script aloud for students and follow the procedures to Lock tests during supervised lunch.
     • For all the tests except the operational high school STE tests and the Biology and Introductory Physics field tests, schools may plan for one short, supervised break per test session (3-5 minutes) to be given at each test administrator's discretion. Test administrators must maintain security during the break (e.g., students may not be permitted to discuss the test). Also, schools may consider providing designated accessibility features (DFs), which are available to all students, such as DF3 ("Frequent brief supervised breaks"), particularly for younger students.
     • Test administrators should instruct students approximately midway through a session that they may have a short break or they may continue working. To maintain the security of the test, test administrators should follow the instructions in the TAMs.
     • Test administrators should instruct students approximately midway through a session that they may have a short break or they may continue working. To maintain the security of the test, test administrators should follow the instructions in the TAMs.

  • MCAS Make-up Testing, p.115 (Spring 2021)
  •  • We will follow the MCAS Instructions for Make-up Testing, outlined on p.115 for each scenario:
     • (CBT) - 1. A Student Becomes Ill During a Session:
     • (CBT) - 2. A Student Was Absent on the Day of Testing and Will Be Kept in the Same PAN Session for Make-Up Testing:

    3.
    MCAS Letter for Families, Student Responsibilities and Meeting, Spring 2021
  • MCAS Tobin Letter for Families, Spring 2021
  • Tobin educators will review and distribute the Tobin MCAS Letter for Families, Spring 2021 and review student responsibilities for testing during a class meeting prior to April 1, 2021.
  • MCAS Student General Meeting With Students, Spring 2020
  • In accordance with pp.35-36 of the MCAS Principal Manual for Spring 2021, Tobin educators will review and execute the MCAS Spring 2021 General Meeting with students by homeroom on or before Thursday, April 1, 2021 prior to scheduled MCAS testing.
  • Parent/Guardian Information (DESE), Spring 2021

  • 4a. MCAS Principal and Test Coordinator Training and Manual, Spring 2021
  • MCAS Principal Administration Manual, Spring 2021
  • MCAS Request Enrollment Transfer on PearsonAccess, Spring 2021
  • MCAS Guide to the Student Registration (SR/PNP) Process, Spring 2021
  • MCAS Principal's Administration Forms (MDESE), Spring 2021
  • MCAS Short Training Modules/PPTs (PearsonAccess Next)
  • Access short training modules that provide a step-by-step walk-through on using PearsonAccess Next and tasks for computer-based testing, and recordings of previous training sessions along with relevant materials from the sessions.
  • MCAS Troubleshooting Steps for Computer-Based Testing (Appendix A)
  • MCAS Training Tasks During & After Testing, (MDESE))
  • Examples include: > • Updating Accommodations in PAN Before Testing > • Resolving Incorrect Accommodations After Testing Has Begun > • Resuming Students from "Active" Status > • Stopping a PAN Session > • Not Tested Reasons
  • MCAS Training Opportunities (All), Spring 2021

  • 4b. MCAS Test Administrator Manuals, Scripts and Student Questionnaire, Spring 2021
  • MCAS Grade 3-8 ELA/Math/Science Test Administrator Manual (CBT In-person), Spring 2021
  • MCAS Grade 3-8 ELA/Math/Science Test Administrator Manual (CBT Remote), Spring 2021
  •  • ELA Script, Spring 2021
     • Math/Science Script, Spring 2021

  • MCAS Accessibility and Accommodations Manual, Spring 2021

  •                  
  • The Table of Contents in the Spring 2021 Test Administrator Manual (CBT) communicate MCAS Test Security Requirements (PART I), MCAS test Administration Protocols (PART II), MCAS Tasks (PART III), Student Tutorial/Practice Tests (PART IV), Test Administration (PART V-VIII), Student Questionnaires (PART IX) to complete prior, during and after MCAS test administration.

  • Student Questionnaire, Spring 2021: In accordance with the MCAS Test Administrator Manual, Spring 2021, RIGHT AFTER the final Mathematics or STE session: MCAS Test Administrators will ensure students are still signed in to TestNav and on the "Available Tests" page. If students are not, ensure they have their student testing tickets and have them sign back in. Unlock the session in PearsonAccessnext called Gr4Math - Sess. 3 - Questionnaire, Gr5Sci - Sess. 3 - Questionnaire, Gr8Sci - Sess. 3 - Questionnaire, or Gr10Math - Sess. 3 - Questionnaire. Next, the Test Administrator will read the script in step 2 outlined on p.86-87.

  • 4c
    MCAS Accessibility/Accommodations Module/Manual for SWD/ELLs, Spring 2021
  • MCAS Accessibility and Accommodations Manual, Spring 2021
  • MCAS Accessibility and Accommodations Webinar for Spring 2021
  • MCAS Accessibility and Accommodations Module for Spring 2021
  • Graphic Organizers, Checklists, and Supplemental Reference Sheets, for use by SWD, Spring 2021
  • A. Universal Accessibility Features (UFs), p.3-5: Universal accessibility features are tools and supports that are available to all students on the grades 3-8 MCAS tests that are either built into the MCAS computer-based test platform or provided by a test administrator on either the computer- or paper-based tests.
    B. Designated Accessibility Features (DFs), p.5: Although most students will be tested in their regular classrooms according to the guidelines and schedule intended for all students, principals have the flexibility to test any student, including non- disabled and non-ELL students, using the designated accessibility features described in Table 2, as long as all requirements for testing conditions, test security, and staffing are met. It is advisable, although not required, to include designated accessibility features in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan of a student with a disability who requires them.
  • MCAS Bilingual Dictionaries and Glossaries Authorized for Use by ELLs, Spring 2020
  • 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 for Spring 2020 is available on the Department's website at http://tobink8.org/MCAS/MCAS_ell-bilingual_Spring2020.pdf. To discuss the approval of a word-to-word dictionary not included in the list, please call 781-338-3625.


    5a. Login: MCAS PearsonAccessNext Simulation (Brown), LIVE Site (Black), Spring 2021
    MCAS PearsonAccess (LIVE) MCAS PearsonAccess (Training)
  • MCAS Proctors follow 9 steps to simulate the actual CBT Login, Prepare, Start and Unlock 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. ABBATE-VAUGHN - Grade 3 ELA
      • 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. ABBATE-VAUGHN - Grade 3 ELA (middle left of screen)
      • 7a. Click on blue Prepare Session button (right side screen).
      • 7b. Wait as content loads in background. Note "waiting" status until green Start Session button appears.
      • 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


    5b. MCAS PearsonAccessNext Prepare, Start, Unlock Session, Spring 2021
              
    5c. MCAS PearsonAccessNext Training Videos, Spring 2021
  • MCAS PearsonAccessNext Training Video Collection, Spring 2021
  • MCAS PearsonAccessNext Managing Test Sessions, Spring 2021

  •             
      • View "Session Resources" Video #4 (Student Rosters and Printing Testing Tickets)
      • View "Session Resources" Video #5 (Testing Ticket and Student Login)
      • View "Prepare, Start, Unlock Session" Video #6
        • Appendix B: How to use Students in Sessions/Resume Student, Spring 2021
      • View "Human Read Aloud" Video #7
        • Appendix C: Read Aloud Procedures, Spring 2021
      • View "Monitor Student Progress" Video #8
      • View "Mark Test Complete/Resume Test" Video #9
      • View "Testing Out of Sequence" Video #10

    6. MCAS Pearson AccessNext Online Support Guide, Spring 2021
  • MCAS Online User Guide, Pearson AccessNext
  • Create and Edit User Accounts, Pearson AccessNext
  • Create/Setup a Session, Pearson AccessNext
  •   • Create a Session
      • Edit a Session
      • Add a Student to a Session
      • Move a Student Test Between Sessions
      • Remove a Student from a Session
      • Delete a Session
      • Assign a Remote Testing Organization
      • Approve/Reject Remote Testing
  • Manage a Session, Pearson AccessNext
  •   • Prepare a Session
      • Start a Session and Unlock a Test(s)
      • Resume a Test
      • Stop a Session
      • Manage Sections


    MCAS Drop Down Menu in ELA, Math and Science for Spring 2021

    MCAS Tutorial & Practice Tests:
  • MCAS Student Tutorial, Spring 2021
  • The MCAS tutorial will be used to familiarize students with how to navigate the TestNav 8 MCAS computer-based environment (advancing, going back, tool bar, embedded supports and accommodations).



  • MCAS Practice Tests | Answer Key/Rubrics (ELA Computer/Paper-based), Spring 2021
  • Please select your grade level to view CBT, Text-to-Speech and/or Paper-based practice tests. For computer-based practice tests, the testing platform has a default login of "Guest." Paper practice tests can be printed. The material on these tests is non-secure.


    MCAS Released Items, Digital Library, Student Work/Scoring Guides
  • MCAS Released Items, 2017-2019 (CPT)
  • MCAS Digital Items Library, 2017-2019 (CPT)
  • MCAS Student Work/Scoring Guides, 2015-2019 (PBT/CBT)
  • MCAS Question Search, 2013-2019 (PBT/CBT)
  • MCAS Achievement Level Definitions

  • Pre-Approved ELA Graphic Organizers (SWDs):
  • Graphic Organizers, Checklists, and Supplemental Reference Sheets, for use by SWD, Spring 2021
  • MCAS Grades 3-4: Short Response (MDESE)
  • MCAS Grades 3-4: Essay (MDESE)
  • MCAS Grades 3-4: Story (MDESE)
  • MCAS Grade 5: Essay (MDESE)
  • MCAS Grade 5: Narrative (MDESE)
  • MCAS Grade 6-8: Essay (MDESE)
  • MCAS Grade 6-8: Narrative (MDESE)
  • 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 2020 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, Spring 2021
  • The MCAS tutorial will be used to familiarize students with how to navigate the TestNav 8 MCAS computer-based environment (advancing, going back, tool bar, embedded supports and accommodations).



  • MCAS Practice Tests | Answer Key/Rubrics (MATH Computer/Paper-based), Spring 2021
  • Please select your grade level to view CBT, Text-to-Speech and/or Paper-based practice tests. For computer-based practice tests, the testing platform has a default login of "Guest." Paper practice tests can be printed. The material on these tests is non-secure.


    MCAS Released Items, Digital Library, Student Work/Scoring Guides
  • MCAS Released Items, 2017-2019 (CPT)
  • MCAS Digital Items Library, 2017-2019 (CPT)
  • MCAS Student Work/Scoring Guides, 2015-2019 (PBT/CBT)
  • MCAS Question Search, 2013-2019 (PBT/CBT)
  • MCAS Achievement Level Definitions

  • Pre-Approved Supplemental Mathematics Reference Sheets for SWDs:
  • Graphic Organizers, Checklists, and Supplemental Reference Sheets, for use by SWD, Spring 2021
  • MCAS Grade 3 (MDESE)
  • MCAS Grade 4 (MDESE)
  • MCAS Grade 5 (MDESE)
  • MCAS Grade 6 (MDESE)
  • MCAS Grade 7 (MDESE)
  • MCAS Grade 8 (MDESE)
  • 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 2020 MCAS Grades 3-8 Tests) listed in their IEPs or 504 plans. Only the approved organizers and supplemental reference sheets listed above 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 PBT/CBT):
  • MCAS Grade 5 (MDESE)
  • MCAS Grade 6 (MDESE)
  • MCAS Grade 7 (MDESE)
  • MCAS Grade 8 (MDESE)
  • In accordance with the MCAS Principal Manual for Spring 2020, 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 for Spring 2020, 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 Equation Editor Tips and Symbols (3-5 | 6-8):
  • Equation Editor Guide for Grades 3-5
  • Equation Editor Symbols for Grades 3-5
  • Equation Editor Guide for Grades 6-8
  • Equation Editor Symbols for Grades 6-8
  • In accordance with p.28, 45, 49, 60, and 65 of the MCAS Principal Manual for Spring 2020, printed copies of the Equation Editor Guides for Mathematics testing AND printed copies of the *Equation Editor Symbol Key (*for students using tablets) are permitted for student use during Practice and CBT testing. In preparation for Spring 2020 MCAS, we recommend grade 3-8 educators share the tips for using the Math equation editor including a review of the symbols keys (for students using tablets) by grade span. In accordance with the Principal Administration Manual, Spring 2020, students taking the Mathematics and STE tests on desktop computers will be able to hover their pointer over the symbols in the equation editor for a brief explanation of the symbol. Students not using a desktop computer may not be able to do this, so the equation editor symbol key is particularly useful for them. Source: PAM p.45. MCAS Test Administrators may print copies of the equation editor symbol key (available in the "Equation Editor Guide" dropdown at mcas.pearsonsupport.com/student).

    MCAS Guidelines for Completing Answer Grids in Grade 3 and 6 (PBT):
  • MCAS Guidelines for Completing Answer Grids (PBT) Grade 3
  • MCAS Guidelines for Completing Answer Grids (PBT) Grade 6
  • These quick reference guides will help familiarize students with how to mark their responses using grids for Mathematics paper-based testing for grades 3-8..


    MCAS Tutorial & Practice Tests:
  • MCAS Student Tutorial, Spring 2021
  • The MCAS tutorial will be used to familiarize students with how to navigate the TestNav 8 MCAS computer-based environment (advancing, going back, tool bar, embedded supports and accommodations).



  • MCAS Practice Tests | Answer Key/Rubrics (Science Paper-based only), Spring 2021
  • Please select your grade level to view CBT, Text-to-Speech and/or Paper-based practice tests. For computer-based practice tests, the testing platform has a default login of "Guest." Paper practice tests can be printed. The material on these tests is non-secure.


    MCAS Released Items, Digital Library, Student Work/Scoring Guides
  • MCAS Released Items, 2017-2019 (CPT)
  • MCAS Digital Items Library, 2017-2019 (CPT)
  • MCAS Student Work/Scoring Guides, 2015-2019 (PBT/CBT)
  • MCAS Question Search, 2013-2018 (PBT/CBT)
  • MCAS Achievement Level Definitions

  • Pre-Approved STE Reference Sheets:
  • Graphic Organizers, Checklists, and Supplemental Reference Sheets, for use by SWD, Spring 2020
  • MCAS Grade 5 (MDESE)
  • MCAS Grade 8 (MDESE)
  • 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 2020 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 Equation Editor Tips and Symbols (STE):
  • Equation Editor Guide for Grade 8 Science (STE) Test
  • Equation Editor Symbols for Grade 8 (STE)
  • Equation Editor Guide for MCAS Introductory Physics Tryout
  • Equation Editor Symbols for Introductory Physics
  • In accordance with p.28, 45, 49, 60, and 65 of the MCAS Principal Manual for Spring 2020, printed copies of the Equation Editor Guides for Mathematics testing AND printed copies of the Equation Editor Symbol Key are permitted for student use during CBT testing. In preparation for Spring 2020 MCAS, we recommend grade 3-8 educators share the tips for using the Math equation editor including a review of the symbols by grade span. In accordance with the Principal Administration Manual, Spring 2020, students taking the Mathematics and STE tests on desktop computers will be able to hover their pointer over the symbols in the equation editor for a brief explanation of the symbol. Students not using a desktop computer may not be able to do this, so the equation editor symbol key is particularly useful for them. Source: PAM p.45. MCAS Test Administrators may print copies of the equation editor symbol key (available in the "Equation Editor Guide" dropdown at mcas.pearsonsupport.com/student). Source: PAN p.60.

    Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Standards:
  • 2001/06 Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Standards to be assessed on the 2019 MCAS Grade 5 STE Test
  • 2001/06 Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Standards to be assessed on the 2019 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 2019 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 MDESE website. The Science Standards transition timeline for the MCAS STE tests is available on the MDESE website. Please contact mcas@doe.mass.edu with questions.



    COVID-19 Test Administration Protocols (DESE):
    Principals in Massachusetts Schools may need to adjust MCAS test administration protocols in the MCAS Test Administrator Manual, Spring 2021 in accordance with health and safety protocols released by the Department. Please consult the DESE COVID-19 web pages for guidance, particularly the DESE On the Desktop messages and the DESE Facilities and Operations Guidance. Please contact the Office of Student Assessment at 781-338-3625 or mcas@doe.mass.edu with any questions

    ASPEN School Leader Guide: Cohort + Learning Models, Spring 2021
    Click ASPEN Cohort + Learning Models to learn how to get a list of all students with cohort and hybrid return week. Source: School Leader Guide: Spring 2021 Learning Models on ASPEN.

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