Monday, June 19, 2017

Another Engaging ELs in Math WIDA Workshop!

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is proud to offer another WIDA professional development opportunity at no cost to districts.

Please distribute this in your networks and encourage the following audience to attend: Educators who work with ELs and also teach math, ESL/bilingual teachers, coaches, administrators, curriculum developers, and support staff.

WIDA WORKSHOP: Engaging ELs in Math
August 8-9 2017 8:30 to 3:30  Dean Technical High School 1045 Main St, Holyoke, MA 01040 1st Floor Computer Lab (Room 194) (413) 534-2071

·    Please be sure to obtain all necessary administrative district permissions before registering (varies by district).
·    Registrations are processed on a first come, first serve basis.
·    Please double-check that you are entering your correct-email address on the registration. 
·    The registration confirmation only lists the first day of the workshop, but confirmation serves for all workshop days. 
·    State-sponsored WIDA workshops offer you PDPs, but they do not lead to an SEI endorsement on your license. Please visit the RETELL page for SEI endorsement information.

This is a state-sponsored course offered at NO COST to Massachusetts educators. However, participation is not free, and therefore the application and registration require a participant’s full commitment to every date, all times, and all workshop requirements.

·    Participants must commit to full attendance on all days of a workshop. We have long waitlists for workshops, so there are no exceptions to commitment to 100% attendance.
·    Participants who register to a workshop and do not show up risk being excluded from future offerings.

·    There are no make-up sessions, even in cases of emergency.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Massachusetts Releases 2017-2018 Testing Schedule

DESE is pleased to release the 2017-2018 testing schedule for MCAS tests and ACCESS for ELLs, and the submission deadline for the MCAS Alternate Assessment (MCAS-Alt).  To access the schedules, please visit this website.

DESE sincerely appreciates the patience of districts and schools as they have worked to develop this schedule. Districts that previously scheduled activities and now find a conflict with a specific high school testing date should contact the Office of Student Assessment Services at: or 781-338-3625

Experienced principals will note that grade 10 ELA testing will begin slightly later than in spring 2017; this is being done in case of school cancellations due to snow. Grade 10 Mathematics testing will also begin later in 2018 in order to avoid testing during the first few days of Ramadan. For the purpose of scheduling make-up sessions for high schools and for scheduling test sessions for grades 3-8, state and federal laws require schools to make reasonable accommodations for the needs of students and employees who observe religious holidays.

Note that grades 4, 5, 7, and 8 tests in ELA, Mathematics, and STE are expected to be administered online. Schools may choose to administer either computer-based tests or paper-based tests for grades 3 and 6.

For grades 3-8, DESE will be gathering input from stakeholder groups, surveys, and data from computer-based testing this past spring to help inform whether DESE should make any adjustments to the schedule. DESE will confirm the schedule or note any changes in the back-to-school edition of the Student Assessment Update this fall.

Thank you!