The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be offering additional training sessions for the 2015 PARCC test administration. Participants can select from remote or face -to-face sessions. As a member of the Burlington Public Schools team that implemented a PARCC Field Test last year, I strongly recommend participating in one of the training sessions – especially if you were not able to attend the Massachusetts PARCC Summit in December.
From the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:
Up to three individuals per district may attend a face-to-face session, including the district education technology coordinator and the district PARCC test coordinator (i.e., the superintendent’s designee who will then train all other individuals in the district). For a remote session, districts may invite several additional staff members—including school-level staff—to participate together in a room. Principals and school staff in your district are not receiving this email; please share with them if you would like them to participate in a remote session with you.
Note that lunch and refreshments are not being provided at the face-to-face sessions. A list of area restaurants will be provided at the check-in table, and an option to purchase lunch at the venue will be available. We anticipate breaking for lunch around 12:30 p.m.
Districts doing computer-based testing or paper-based testing should participate in the first portion of the presentation (likely ending early afternoon), and districts doing computer-based testing only should also plan to stay for the remainder of the afternoon. We recognize that the session will be a full day; if an individual can only participate in part of the day, it is most important for the district PARCC test coordinator to participate in the first portion of the presentation and for the district education technology coordinator to participate in the second portion.
The first portion will cover the following topics:
- Test security and administration protocols
- Test administration schedule
- Guidelines for testing times
- Roles and responsibilities
- Administration tasks before, during, and after testing
- Accessibility and accommodations for ELL students and students with disabilities
The second portion will include the following topics to prepare districts doing computer-based testing:
- Technology readiness and setup
- Technology guidelines
- Technology requirements categories
- Devices, operating system, and browser specifications
- School planning
- PearsonAccess Next
- Online testing management
- TestNav Early Warning System
- Infrastructure trials
- Who should be involved
As space is limited, participants must register by Thursday, January 15, by completing the registration form posted at http://www.cvent.com/d/grqmwc.
When completing the registration online, you will be prompted to print a confirmation of your registration. Please note that only confirmed registrants will be guaranteed access to remote sessions and admission to face-to-face sessions.
Instructions on accessing the remote sessions is forthcoming.
In case of severe weather conditions, face-to-face sessions will be canceled if the district in which the training is scheduled to take place cancels school for the day. If there is a delayed opening for schools in the district, the training will take place as scheduled. The remote sessions will be canceled only if a state of emergency has been declared for Massachusetts, as participants access the session from their own locations. An email will be sent confirming the session cancellation.
If you have any questions or need further support, please contact the Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-338-3625.