Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Need RETELL?

Fall 2015 registration for RETELL (Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners) is open until Sept. 25. Spring 2016 RETELL registration will open Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. and close Jan. 15.

Educators who are on wait lists for fall courses will be given advanced access to spring registration and will be notified individually of the early registration procedure. 

Individuals who need help with registration or issues related to Blackboard Learn should call the RETELL Helpdesk at (888) 789-1109, use the Helpdesk's online chat at https://embanet.frontlinesvc.com/app/chat_launch/p/2188, or submit a ticket through https://embanet.frontlinesvc.com/app/ask/p/2188.

Do you have a question about RETELL that is not related to registration? Feel free to submit a ticket through the COMiT Inquiry System at http://www.doe.mass.edu/contact/qanda.aspx

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Preliminary MCAS Data

We’re expecting preliminary MCAS data availability by the end of this work week!  Once available, MCAS data will be in the Security Portal for districts and schools to review. However, unlike previous years, ESE will not be making any preliminary accountability determinations until later in the fall.  Below is a list of pertinent dates.

·         Friday, August 7th:
o   MCAS rosters, .csv files, and participation rate data available in the Security Portal dropbox called MCAS 2015 Data
o   MCAS discrepancy reporting window opens
·         Wednesday, August 12th: MCAS data in Edwin Analytics
·         Wednesday, August 19th: MCAS discrepancy reporting window closes at 5:00 p.m.
·         Late fall 2015: PARCC data and accountability determinations available (see http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/2015ReleaseSchedule.pdf for additional details)
 
Still have questions?  Please take a look at the table below:
 
Accountability questions

Where are the accountability data?

Accountability determinations require a comparison of assessment data, and this year that means using both PARCC and MCAS results. We won’t have PARCC data until sometime in October; as such, preliminary accountability data will not be available until late fall.
 
If they would like more information about accountability reporting in 2015, please take down their question and contact information and email them to esea@doe.mass.edu.
 
MCAS questions

Where are my MCAS data files?

In the Security Portal, in the MCAS 2015 drop box.

There is a problem with my MCAS data (e.g., the data are not correct)…

To report a potential MCAS discrepancy, contact the MCAS Service Center at 1-800-737-5103 or go to www.mcasservicecenter.com.
 

How long is the discrepancy reporting window open?

MCAS discrepancies must be reported by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19th. Anything reported after that time may not be corrected in time for the official data release in mid-September.
 

I have additional questions about MCAS…

For questions related to MCAS data, call Student Assessment at x3625.

Edwin questions

My MCAS data is not in Edwin Analytics…
Preliminary MCAS data should be available in Edwin by close of business on Wednesday, August 12th.
 
I have a question about Edwin Analytics…
 
Contact the Data Warehouse at x6820.
 
Other questions

Can I share this data with the public/press/school committee/staff?

Preliminary MCAS data is embargoed until the official data release in mid-September. Districts may share this data internally only if it is pertinent to discussions around planning at this point in the year. However, since this data is preliminary and subject to change, it should not be shared with the press, school committees, or other external parties.
 
Are there webinars to help me with this information?
Webinars covering general information on preliminary MCAS data have been scheduled for the following dates and times:
·         Friday, August 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
·         Monday, August 10, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Participants must register through the MCAS Service Center website at www.mcasservicecenter.com.