The MS-CPAS, or the Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System, is the test given to secondary and postsecondary CTE students, and the results are used to measure technical-skill attainment, which is one of the core indicators of performance required for Perkins IV reporting.
Postsecondary assessment now has its own landing page on the RCU website.
This document contains the CTE testing dates for 2018-2019. Please mark your calendar with the dates that apply to your center.
This document contains a list of the available practice tests for the spring 2019 testing term.
This document contains the pages from the CTE Testing Manual that test administrators and proctors will need for testing. Test coordinators can print this document and use it to train test administrators and proctors.
The CTE Testing Manual contains step-by-step directions for participating in the CTE testing process. Use it as your guide for planning and administering CTE tests.
The MS-CPAS Interpretive Guide is a reference document to be used for interpreting score reports.
The MS-CPAS login is the site where a CTE student can log in to take an MS-CPAS or PBA.
This manual contains supplementary materials that may be used on specific MS-CPAS tests.
This is a recording of the Practice Testing session from the spring 2019 Test Coordinator Training held in Starkville and Hattiesburg the week of February 18. The presenter is Cathy Curtis.
This is a recording of the Technology for Test Coordinators session from the spring 2019 Test Coordinator Training held in Starkville and Hattiesburg the week of February 18. The presenter is Ashley Priebe Brown.
These are recordings of the national certifications information shared at the spring 2019 Test Coordinator Training held in Starkville and Hattiesburg the week of February 18.
View more on the student certifications page.
This is a recording of the performance-based assessment session from the spring 2019 Test Coordinator Training held in Starkville and Hattiesburg the week of February 18. The presenter is Ashley Priebe Brown.
This is a link to the MS-CPAS Trends presentation from the 2018 MS ACTE session by Cathy Curtis held on July 27, 2018.
This is a viewable link to the CTE Assessments: IAD Process and Data Reports presentation from the 2018 Director Training session by Sean Owen held on November 7, 2018.
This is archived presentation explains the concepts of Standard Setting, Scaling Scores, and Equating Tests in CTE.
This is the presentation from the New Test Coordinator Training held Thursday, September 28, 2017 in Starkville.
This is viewable link to the Google Slides presentation from 2017 MS ACTE session by Dr. Sean Owen held on July 28, 2017.
Use this spreadsheet to record and submit secondary student data for MS-CPAS testing.
This document contains information about exporting student data from Chalkable(iNow).
This document contains information about exporting student data from JPAMS.
This file contains information about exporting student data from PowerSchool.
This document contains information about exporting student data from Rediker.
This document contains the query used to export student data from SAM Spectra.
The MS-CPAS, or the Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System, is the test given to secondary and postsecondary CTE completers, and the results are used to measure technical-skill attainment, which is one of the core indicators of performance required for Perkins IV reporting.
After students have submitted their MS-CPAS assessment, a preliminary score is displayed on the Test Status Page of the RCU website. The Test Status Page is located under Assessment > MS-CPAS. Final score reports will be available two weeks after the MS-CPAS testing window closes.
A blueprint is a document that outlines the subject matter on an assessment. The MS-CPAS blueprints provide the number of total test items, number of items based on each course or unit, the number of field-tested items, and the reporting categories. Blueprints for each program area can be found on the RCU download curriculum page.
The MS-CPAS is designed to test the core technical courses or units in a CTE program. This means that secondary units such as orientation, employability skills, safety, or tools units are normally not tested and no postsecondary elective courses are tested.
All assessment questions are written by CTE teachers teaching in the state of Mississippi.
Assessment items are selected using classical test theory, item statistics, and qualitative analysis.
Reliability is calculated using Cronbach's Alpha.
The MS-CPAS2 is a criterion-referenced assessment and uses criterion-related validity. Previously, the MS-CPAS used teacher ratings as the criterion; however, in 2010, the MS-CPAS began using the program grade as the criterion. The assessment center calls on teachers to align test questions to curricula competencies. This alignment is also used for validity.
The MS-CPAS fulfills the technical attainment portion of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act. CTE programs that do not have a recognized licensure or certification take the MS-CPAS to comply with the federal act.
MS-CPAS assessment items need to be peer-reviewed on a regular basis in order to ensure alignment and relevancy. If you are interested in participating in a peer review session, please contact the RCU Assessment coordinator or consult the RCU calendar of events.
The best way to prepare students is to ensure that your students have mastered each competency in the curriculum. The teaching method, textbooks and resources you use have not been shown to make a significant impact on test scores. If you would like the RCU to research your teaching method, textbooks or resources and how they affect student scores, please contact us or your instructional design specialist at the RCU.
Improving MS-CPAS scores involves looking critically at past MS-CPAS reports. Training is available through the RCU professional learning department. Please contact the RCU in the professional learning department for more information.
At this point students cannot retake the MS-CPAS. The MAC is working with MDE to establish rules for retaking the MS-CPAS.
Computerized assessments are not as easy to control as paper and pencil assessments. Classroom management must be enforced from the beginning of the assessment until the last student submits his or her assessment. Professional development in the area of classroom management can be requested from the professional learning department at the RCU.
The results can be interpreted in many different ways; therefore, the RCU has published an interpretive reporting guide. You can access the interpretive guide from the RCU Assessment resources page. If you have questions about interpreting scores, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cut score is the score that students should obtain on the test if they have mastered part of a Career and Technical Education pathway.
The cut score is established annually by the MDE. Please contact the Office of Career and Technical Education to request this information.
Testing procedures are updated yearly in the CTE Testing Manual. Training on these procedures is held prior to testing. Contact the RCU to find out more information regarding upcoming training.
We encourage test coordinators to refer to MDE policies when administering accommodations. The Fall 2017 MAAP Test Administrators Manual includes instructions for the read-aloud administrator, and the Mississippi Testing Accommodations Manual states that a proctor is recommended in the reading accommodations room although the proctor is not allowed to provide the reading accommodation.
For more information, please reference the MAAP Test Administrators Manual and the Mississippi Testing Accommodations Manual.
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