Your monthly update on all things MS-CPAS!
February 2018 Issue
Getting in Gear

February signals a time for our team, as well as school districts, to accelerate into high gear to meet all of the goals and objectives set at the beginning of the school year. This is a good time for reflection, seeing as how the Valentine month typically is the halfway mark of the school year. Here are a few notes and reminders from our team to you.
  1. Opening of Spring Verification:Verification is now open for spring testing. Schools can wait until the Test Coordinator Training if they are new to the program or want assistance during the process. The rosters of programs that have practice tests (see item No. 4) must be verified to be scheduled for online practice tests.
  2. PBA for Revision Programs: Architecture and drafting, polymer science, and simulation and animation design revision began Feb. 1. Please visit the PBA page of the RCU website and reference the PBA Manual for Revision Programs for more information.
  3. Spring Test Coordinator Training: We are continuing our annual training event for test administrators. Participants can choose to attend one of the three days offered (Feb 19-21) and should register for the event in Go Sign Me Up by Feb. 13. In response to numerous requests for an alternative to a face-to-face training, we are also offering this training in archived webinar format this year. We will post archived webinars of each session on our website during the week of training.
  4. Practice Tests: Practice tests for 40 test banks will be available through Questionmark from March 1-30. The Spring 2018 Practice Test List is posted under MS-CPAS Testing Resources on the MS-CPAS page of the RCU website.
 
Thank you again for everything you do for the students and communities of Mississippi!

Sean Owen, PhD
Assessment Manager

Key Contacts
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IAD Meetings ...........................................
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Spring 2018 National
Certification Training Webinars
 
SP2018 CompTIA Testing:  Feb. 7, 2-3 p.m.
 
SP2018 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and FEMA Testing:  Feb. 12, 9-10 a.m.
 
SP2018 MTA: Networking Fundamentals Testing and GMetrix Practice Tests:  Feb. 12, 2-3 p.m. 
 
SP2018 NCCER Testing:  Feb. 13, 9-10 a.m.
 
SP2018 ASE Testing:  Feb. 13, 2-3 p.m.
 
SP2018 ProStart Testing:  Feb. 14, 9-10 a.m.

All events are Central Standard Time.
All webinars will be archived for later viewing.

Performance-Based Assessment Update
  
PBA materials for revision programs - architecture and drafting, polymer science, and simulation and animation design - are live on the PBA page of the RCU website. Course instructors in these programs will guide their second-year students through the performance tasks in  February and March. Student products   will be scored by their instructor and two industry professionals in April.



Visit the RCU website and download our CTE Month Toolkit to access 
posters, graphics, and other materials that will help you promote your district's CTE efforts.
 
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