MS-CPAS Minute



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

  • November 2019

    Bring on Fall!

    For Mississippians, November highlights the advent of cooler temperatures, the leaves starting to change colors, and the arrival of a much-needed Thanksgiving break...Read More


  • October 2019

    Fall Approaches

    As many of you are finishing the first nine weeks of the school year, I hope you have grown accustomed to our newsletters. In this issue, I am revisiting an educational treat that I shared last October that may be of use for you in the field...Read More
  • September 2019

    Down, Set...

    Even if you don't enjoy watching football, the kickoff of high school games reminds us we will soon have relief from the dog days of summer. This year, the official start of fall is Sept. 23. As in every organization and season of the year, we, too, are experiencing changes...Read More
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    It's Great to Have You Back!

    The close of another great MS ACTE Summer Conference readies us for the sound of the first bell of the school year. I can already imagine educators and administrators with renewed energy welcoming another group of eager students...Read More
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    Freedom and the Fourth!

    As the dog days of summer are upon us, the month of July always signals a time of rest integrated with professional development and planning for CTE educators across our state. Our assessment team is preparing for postsecondary summer testing...Read More
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    Summer is Here!

    Even though the final bells have rung, our work as educators never stops. Our team is finalizing national certification reports, item bank analysis, anchor setting processes, and assessment evaluation reports...Read More
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    Another Year in the Books!

    It feels like just yesterday I was writing the August Minute that welcomed the start of a new school year. Too soon, it seems, we find ourselves discussing the end of statewide testing, final grades being due, and graduation ceremonies commencing. Before you prepare for your much-deserved summer break...Read More
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    Spring (Testing) is Here!

    April in Mississippi beckons the start of warm weather and signals our approach to the end of another school year. For our team, it begins the largest testing period in the Mississippi CTE world, a period of eight weeks during which over 35,000 secondary and postsecondary students are tested...Read More
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    Bell Ringers, Reminders, and Practice Runs

    Periodic tasks and responsibilities tend to be things that cause difficulty, both for students and educators. In fact, it happens quite a bit for the assessment staff. Changes in job processes, such as some types of MS-CPAS deliverables, can cause minor snags...Read More
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    Passion With a Purpose

    If you are anything like me, tasks and responsibilities that are only completed periodically each year tend to slip the mind when the calendar flips around to that time. New job processes, such as some things in MS-CPAS, may also add to this uncertainty. February always signals a time for us in assessment to become focused...Read More
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    Turning Over a New Leaf

    January is always one of my favorite times of the year. For me, it signals cooler temperatures and the promise of a looming spring. It also sparks a time of renewed energy and focus for most of us. After a much needed break, students and educators are ready for the start of the spring semester...Read More


Sean Owen, PhD
Associate Research Professor

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