MS-CPAS Minute

   

About

The MS-CPAS Minute is a monthly publication of the Research and Curriculum Unit's Assessment team. It is designed to help CTE directors, test coordinators, and instructors stay up to date with the latest news about CTE assessments. It is the primary means of communication from the assessment team to stakeholders around the state.

 

 

Current Issue

  • The Educators of Summer

    In Mississippi, July is highlighted by an increased number of family reunions, pool parties and fireworks displays, as well as a sharp spike in humidity and temperature. For us at the Research and Curriculum Unit (RCU), the month marks the close of testing, finalizing technical reports and manuals for the next school year and postsecondary summer testing... Read More

Archives

  • Summer, Summer, Summertime

    We can all agree that there has never been a year quite like this one for us as educators. As we wrap up this school year and give it a final bow, it is already time for us to begin planning for the next. Summertime is when the activity level of most of the RCU staff really warms up. Our team is finalizing national certification reports, editing item banks following item analysis processes, evaluating assessment, writing technical reports and planning for the 2021-2022 school year... Read More
  • It Is Almost Time to Exit the Ride

    This school year was like riding on Aerosmith's Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Walt Disney World. The year started slowly, but in a matter of seconds teachers and students were hanging on for dear life! In the blink of an eye, we are finishing statewide testing, submitting final grades and conducting graduation ceremonies... Read More
  • Spring Forward

    With the time change each year, alternating sunny and stormy weather in Mississippi signals the start of the end of another school year. April marks the beginning of the largest testing period for Mississippi's statewide CTE assessments... Read More
  • February Ice Storms Bring March _____?

    Intermittent tasks, long pauses in scheduled processes and drastic changes in responsibilities tend to be things that cause difficulty for both students and educators, and all these things happen every year to the RCU assessment team... Read More
  • Hazy Shade of (Winter) Education

    In Mississippi, the months of December and January do not necessarily provide us a clear view of the season of the year. The unpredictability of the weather can pressure us to adjust our outfits from fall, winter and spring... Read More
  • It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...

    In Mississippi, the months of December and January do not necessarily provide us a clear view of the season of the year. The unpredictability of the weather can pressure us to adjust our outfits from fall, winter and spring... Read More
  • N Stands for November and New Things

    If there is one thing that we can all agree on in 2020, it is that nothing comes as a shock or surprise when it comes to what life throws our way personally and professionally as educators. I firmly believe--when looking at the positive aspects of teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic... Read More
  • Once Again...a Return of the Minute

    It is like the saying goes, "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry." After making the decision to migrate the content from the MS-CPAS Minute to the RCU Quarterly, we realized we had navigated off course... Read More
  • Summer Is Here (Or Is It?)

    At the risk of sounding cliché, I think we can all agree that there has never been a year quite like what 2020 is shaping up for us as educators and people... Read More
  • Spring Testing is NOT Here

    Revisiting last April's title seemed appropriate as I penned this article from my home in Starkville. April in Mississippi... Read More
  • Marching Into Spring

    If you are anything like me, tasks and responsibilities that I only complete periodically throughout the year tend to slip my mind when the calendar flips to time for that particular task. New job processes... Read More
  • Spring Forward

    February marks the last month of winter for most across the country. In Mississippi, we still await our first cold snap mixed with spring-like days to add to the confusion of young students... Read More

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