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Access short training modules that provide a step-by-step walk-through on using PearsonAccessnext and tasks for computer-based testing.

Modules to Assist with Pre-Administration Tasks

Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile gives an overview of the steps for ordering materials and updating selected accommodations for computer-based testing and paper-based testing


Accessibility Features and Accommodations outlines the accommodations for computer-based and paper-based testing


Infrastructure Trial for Technology Coordinators gives an overview of the steps to prepare for and administer an Infrastructure Trial


Infrastructure Trial for Test Coordinators and Test Administrators gives an overview of the steps to prepare for and administer an Infrastructure Trial


Creating Sessions gives an overview of the steps to create sessions for computer-based testing (CBT)

Modules to Assist with Tasks to Complete During Testing

Moving Students Between Sessions explains how to move students from one session to another session using the PearsonAccessnext User Interface.


Resolving Incorrect Accommodations During Testing discusses the steps to update a student's PNP after starting computer-based testing without the correct accommodation.


Sessions Management explains how to prepare, start, manage, and stop computer-based test sessions.


Training Sessions Previously Offered This School Year

Below is a list of training opportunities offered by the Department that have already occurred this school year. Please click the appropriate button to download relevant materials from each session.

MCAS 2018 Early Release Pilot provides an overview of the early release data file for grades 3-8 in PearsonAccessnext, a review of state level machine-scored CBT results, and demonstration of a pre-populated item analysis template for school and district use.

MCAS “Office Hours” on Tasks at the Beginning of Test Administration covers managing situations during testing and troubleshooting.

MCAS “Office Hours” on CBT Topics covers information on creating, managing, and monitoring PearsonAccessnext sessions.

MCAS “Office Hours” on End of Testing and Reporting covers clean-up tasks for the end of CBT as well as early reporting timelines and information.

Overview of Infrastructure Trials provides information on the setup, administration, and wrap-up involved in conducting an Infrastructure Trial, along with a presentation from a district’s perspective.

Pre-Administration Tasks for Technology Staff discusses technology specifications, ProctorCache, software installation infrastructure trial set-up, and gives information on resources and support.

MCAS Test Security and Administration Protocols for Grades 3–8 discusses test security requirements and administration protocols, participation guidelines, and accessibility features and accommodations.

MCAS Test Security and Administration Protocols for High Schools discusses test security requirements and administration protocols, participation guidelines, and accessibility features and accommodations.

Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile (SR/PNP) gives an overview of the SR/PNP process for ordering test materials and updating selected accommodations.

MCAS Accessibility and Accommodations for CBT and PBT, for grades 3–8 and 10, and the high school field tests and question tryouts.

MCAS 2017 Next Generation Reporting Conference outlines the changes to the MCAS program and prepares for the official release of the MCAS results.

MCAS November 2017 Retest SR/PNP Overview provides information on the process for ordering test materials and updating selected accommodations for the November retests, which is the Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile (SR/PNP) process.