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April 4, 2022
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Special Edition for High Schools

News from DESE Student Assessment Services

For High Schools

Registration for the High School Science and Technology/Engineering Tests: April 415
Schools must complete the Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile (SR/PNP) process between April 4 and 15 to order student tests for the high school STE test administration.

All high schools must complete the SR/PNP process by April 15 to receive paper-based test materials as well as manuals for computer-based testing and paper-based testing on time (schools that order after April 15 may receive their materials/manuals late and need to follow additional steps). If no students will participate in high school STE this Juneemail the MCAS Service Center with the school and district name and code. The MCAS Service Center will be calling high schools that do not complete the SR/PNP (or do not contact them before the deadline).
 
Superintendents must ensure that educational collaboratives and approved private special education schools order test materials via the SR/PNP process for their students in out-of-district placements.
 
1. Eligibility and Participation Guidelines
The following students are eligible to participate in June 2022 high school STE testing:
  • students in grade 9 or 10 who have completed or are expected to complete a high school science course and have not yet earned a scaled score of at least 220 on an STE test
  • students in grade 11 or 12 who have not met the eligibility requirements for the modified CD in STE
  • adult learners in the class of 2019 or earlier who have not yet earned a scaled score of at least 220 on an STE test
If eligible grade 9 students decide not to take the test, the Department recommends that schools have parents/guardians complete a Non-Participation Form; students will then be required to take an STE test in grade 10.
 
As a reminder, due to the school closures in spring 2020, the Board voted that the STE component of the CD for students in the classes of 2020–2023 will be awarded upon demonstration of course credit in the relevant subject matter and competency in one of the four tested disciplines during their high school career. More information can be found at the Graduation Requirements and Related Guidance. Repeating grade 10 students may be eligible for the modified CD, and if so, may not need to take an STE test. See the FAQs on the modified CD for details.
 
2. Test Formats
The spring 2022 Biology and Introductory Physics tests will be next-generation, computer-based tests aligned to the 2016 STE Standards. The Chemistry and Technology/Engineering tests will be legacy, paper-based tests aligned to the 2006 STE standards. (As a reminder, the February Biology test was the last administration of the legacy Biology test.) 
 
3. Accessibility and Accommodations
Schools should note the following information about accessibility and accommodations and order special editions via the SR/PNP:
  • Braille editions will be in “full UEB” format for both the next-generation and legacy tests.
  • Text-to-speech is available for the next-generation, computer-based Biology and Introductory Physics tests, and Kurzweil electronic read-aloud will be offered for the legacy, paper-based Chemistry and Technology/Engineering tests for students with disabilities who need this accommodation.
  • Human read-aloud is also an option for students with disabilities who need a read-aloud accommodation.
  • Spanish/English editions of next-generation Biology and Introductory Physics will be offered for eligible students in both computer-based and paper-based formats.
  • The American Sign Language (ASL) edition is available for the next-generation, computer-based Biology and Introductory Physics tests for students who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment.  
4. File in DropBoxes
To assist schools with registering students for the test, the Department has placed a .CSV file in school and district MCAS 2022 DropBoxes, in the DESE Security Portal. The file includes all grade 9 and grade 10 students who are enrolled as of March 28, 2022, and who have not yet earned the competency determination in STE (note that February 2022 Biology results are incorporated).

The file includes pre-populated accommodations for grade 9 students who participated and used accommodations for the grade 8 STE test in 2021; accommodations for grade 10 students are not pre-populated and must be entered as needed. 
 
5. Steps to Take in the SR/PNP
Schools will need to enter the appropriate test code in column J for one of the four STE subject tests to be administered to students: Biology (BIOSP), Chemistry (CHESP), Introductory Physics (PHYSP), or Technology/Engineering (TECSP). 

Schools will also need to enter the appropriate test format in column K for each test, as follows:  
  • For next-generation Biology and Introductory Physics, schools should enter the online format (“O”). Schools should only enter the paper-based format (“P”) for students with this accommodation.
  • For legacy Chemistry and Technology/Engineering, schools should enter the paper-based format.
Please see the Guide to the SR/PNP Process for step-by-step instructions on updating the .CSV file and importing it into PearsonAccess Next. 

6. Resources
The following resources are currently available for guidance on completing the SR/PNP:
Questions about ordering test materials can be directed to the MCAS Service Center, and questions about policies or participation guidelines can be directed to the Office of Student Assessment Services (see contact information for both organizations in the footer of this update).
CONTACT
MCAS Service Center
for logistical support, including tech support for PearsonAccess Next and TestNav

Email: mcas@cognia.org
Phone: 800-737-5103
Student Assessment Services
for policy questions, including student participation

Email: mcas@doe.mass.edu
Phone: 781-338-3625
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