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Title: Spring 2014 MCAS Information Night for Parents of Grade 10 Students

Spring 2014 MCAS Information Night for Parents of
Grade 10 Students
  • March 11, 2014
  • Gabriella White
  • Academic Testing Coordinator

  • General Information
  • Dates
  • Test Structure and Design
  • Scores
  • Test Administration
  • Results Reporting
  • Preparation of Students

General Information
  • The MCAS tests English, Math and Science.
  • By state law, all Grade 10 students in
    Massachusetts are required to participate in the
    MCAS test.
  • Beginning with the class of 2002, all students in
    Massachusetts have been required to earn a
    passing score on the English and Math Test to be
    eligible for graduation.
  • The class of 2010 was the first class who was
    also required to pass the Science and Technology
    test for graduation.

Test Dates
  • English Language Arts
  • March 18
  • March 19
  • March 21
  • Math
  • May 13
  • May 14
  • Science
  • June 2
  • June 3

Test Design
  • Classroom teachers from around the state meet in
    committees to review and approve test questions.
  • Test questions are then given a trial run on
    spring tests.
  • Questions are then reviewed a second time before
    being used on the active test.
  • All questions are based on the state approved
    frameworks for the subject area

English Language Arts
  • Four sections to the test
  • Long Composition
  • 3 sessions of reading comprehension
  • Three types of questions
  • Long Composition
  • Open Response
  • Multiple Choice

Long Composition
  • Worth 20 points
  • 12 points for topic development
  • 8 points for English conventions
  • All students in the state answer the same essay
  • The question is open ended, and always asks
    students to write about a piece of literature.
  • The essays should answer the question.
  • It should not be a plot summary of the book
  • A plot summary equals zero (0) points

  • Can be in 5 paragraph essay format, but this will
    result in a reduced topic development score
  • Want to be able to see the students voice
  • Can use a dictionary on the long composition
  • Students will write a rough draft first
  • Final compositions will be scored for spelling
    and grammar

  • Long composition will be administered on March 18
  • If students are absent, they will be required to
    participate in the long composition make up test
    on March 27
  • This is the only make up date for the long
    composition test
  • Students will answer a different essay prompt

Sample Question 2010 Spring Test
Reading Comprehension
  • 3 sessions of reading comprehension
  • March 19 Sessions 1 and 2
  • March 21 Session 3
  • Trial questions and reading passages will be
    included on the test, but will not count towards
    the final score
  • Absent students must make up missed sessions no
    later than March 28
  • There is not a separate test for missed reading
    comprehension sessions

  • After reading each passage, students will be
    asked to answer several multiple choice questions
  • In addition to the multiple choice questions,
    students will be asked to write open response
    questions for some passages
  • Some readings will only have multiple choice
    questions but no reading will only have open
    response questions

Open Response Questions
  • 4 points each
  • Open response questions will ask students to make
    an argument, backed up by evidence from the
    reading passage
  • More than one possible correct answer
  • Not scored for spelling or grammar
  • Not a 5 paragraph essay
  • Looking for students to cite evidence
  • Direct quotes
  • Indirect quotes
  • Examples

Sample Question 2010 Spring Test
  • 2 Sessions
  • May 13 session 1
  • May 14 session 2
  • 3 types of questions
  • Multiple Choice
  • Short Answer
  • Open Response
  • No calculators allowed on session 1
  • All students are allowed to use calculators on
    session 2
  • Answer booklets include a graph paper section
  • All students are given a reference sheet of

Short Answer
  • Worth 1 points each
  • Student must perform calculation and record
  • Students can not choose from list of possible

Sample Question 2010 Spring Test
Open Response
  • Worth 4 points
  • Students are asked to answer a multiple part
    question based on a set of given parameters
  • Students must label all parts of the question
  • Sometimes the different parts of the question
    build off of each other
  • Students must EXPLAIN their answers and not just
    give calculations
  • Not scored for spelling or grammar, but points
    can be deducted for not labeling answers
  • 23 cars
  • 4 pounds

Sample Question 2010 Spring Test
Science Technology
  • Tests available in Biology, Physics, Chemistry
    and Science/Technology
  • Schools have the option of testing in grades 9 or
  • Students must take the test corresponding to the
    subject they are currently enrolled in
  • Nashoba Valley Technical School students take the
    Biology test in grade 10

Biology Test
  • 2 sessions
  • June 2 session 1
  • June 3 session 2
  • 2 types of questions
  • Multiple Choice
  • Open Response
  • Can use calculators, but the biology test is
    designed to be taken without the use of
  • Cumulative knowledge test

Open Response
  • Worth 4 points
  • Students are often given a reading passage,
    chart, graph or diagram
  • Questions leave room for multiple possible
  • Not scored for spelling or grammar

Sample Open Response Question Spring 2010
How Scores are Calculated
  • The raw score is calculated first
  • Total number of points earned
  • No points are deducted for wrong or skipped
  • The raw score is then converted to a scaled score
    using a conversion chart
  • Scaled score is used to determine performance
    level and growth score
  • Growth score shows how much a student has
    improved or grown since their last MCAS test

Performance Levels
  • Advanced 260-280
  • Proficient 240-258
  • Needs Improvement 220-238
  • Failing 200-218

Competency Determination
  • Determines eligibility for graduation
  • Must meet MCAS requirements
  • Must also meet local graduation requirements
  • English and Math
  • Earn a scaled score of 240 or higher
  • Earn a scaled score of 220 AND fulfill the
    requirements of an Educational Proficiency Plan
  • Science
  • Earn a scaled score of 220 or higher

What is an EPP?
  • Required for all student who score at the Needs
    Improvement Level on the MCAS test
  • Students must show they are making progress
    towards proficiency improving
  • Students show improvement by
  • Classroom grades
  • Standardized test scores
  • Final exams
  • Self-Assessments
  • Teacher progress reports
  • MCAS/EPP Testing

Can Students Be Written Off An EPP?
  • Yes
  • Students can be written off of an EPP by
    participating in the MCAS/EPP Test and earning a
    scaled score of 240 or higher
  • MCAS/EPP Test for English is the March Retest
  • MCAS/EPP Test for Math is administered at the end
    of April
  • All students on an EPP are required to
  • If students score the same or lower it will NOT
    lower their scores

What If A Student Fails English or Math?
  • Students who score below 220 have two retest
    opportunities to improve their score
  • November
  • March
  • Structure remains the same except
  • All sample questions are removed from the retest
  • Questions designed to test advanced students are
    removed from the retest

What If A Student Fails Science?
  • Retest opportunity in February of the following
  • Retest opportunity is in Biology
  • If students do not earn a scaled score of 220 or
    higher on the Biology retest in February, they
    must participate in either the Physics or
    Chemistry test in June
  • Choice of test depends on which class the student
    is enrolled in
  • There is no EPP for Science

MCAS Appeals
  • Students who have participated in testing and
    retesting and have good grades in the subject,
    but have not passed the MCAS exam may qualify for
    an appeal.
  • Students must maintain a 95 attendance rate to
    be eligible for an appeal
  • Students must maintain a GPA over 1.0 in the
    corresponding course
  • Student GPA is compared to a cohort of students
    within the school who scored between 220-228 on
    the MCAS exam
  • If granted an appeal, students qualify for

John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
  • For Advanced Students
  • Provides free tuition for 4 years at any
    Massachusetts state university, college or
    community college
  • To be eligible
  • The average of students English, Science and Math
    scores must be in the top 25 of scores from
  • Students must score in the advanced category on
    either the English, science or the Math test, and
    be at least proficient in the other two
  • Scholarship winners are announced in the fall of
    their Senior year

Testing Times
  • Testing is scheduled from 800 1100 on most
    test days (periods 1-4).
  • There are some exceptions based on the length of
    the testing session.
  • The test is untimed.
  • Extra time rooms are provided for students who
    need time beyond the 1100 cut off.
  • Students may work on the test until the close of
    the school day.

Testing Rooms
  • Each room has two teachers assigned to administer
    the test.
  • Students and staff are informed of their room
    assignments approximately 1 week prior to
  • I work with Melissa LeRay, the Director of
    Special Education, to arrange for small group,
    read aloud, word processing and all other
    accommodations for students on an IEP or 504
  • Testing takes place on the second floor, the
    library, and all computer labs in the academic
    portion of the building.
  • All freshmen, juniors and seniors are sent to
    their technical program until 5th period (1100).
  • No one but test administrators and grade 10
    students are allowed on the second floor during
    MCAS administration.

Materials Provided
  • Each Student is Provided
  • Pencil
  • Magic Rub Eraser
  • Highlighter
  • Snack
  • Math reference sheet for Math testing
  • Calculators for Session 2 of Math testing
  • A dictionary is provided for each classroom on
    the day of the English Long Composition
  • Graphic organizers and other reference sheets for
    special education students with the graphic
    organizer/reference sheet accommodation.
  • Calculators for Session 1 of the Math test for
    special education students with this
  • Computers for special education students with the
    word processing accommodation

Prohibited Items
  • CELL PHONES!!!!!
  • Can invalidate student, classroom or school
  • iPods and other electronic devices
  • Unapproved reference materials
  • Calculators on session 1 of the math test
  • Dictionaries on anything other than the English
    Long Composition
  • Thesaurus

What can you do to help?
  • Be positive and encouraging
  • Get students to school on time
  • Do not schedule any appointments for students on
    MCAS testing mornings
  • Make sure students eat a good breakfast
  • Make sure students get a good night sleep the
    night before
  • Discuss a book with your child before the Long
  • Emphasize importance of answering all parts of
    open response questions, answering the question
    asked and labeling answers
  • Remind students to guess no points are deducted
    rather than leaving questions blank
  • Educated guessing is even better try to
    eliminate one or two answer choices
  • Encourage students to check their work, take
    their time and use the extra time if necessary
  • Review the Math Reference Sheet
  • Remind students to use the dictionary for
    spelling on the long composition
  • Keep cell phones at home

  • Thank you for Coming!
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