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.




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    We're Just Warming Up

    With the temperature gauge rising outside and the Mississippi heat coming in full force, the Research and Curriculum Unit's assessment team shifts into another gear. We are finalizing national certification reports, item analysis, item-bank edits, anchor-setting processes, and assessment evaluation reports... Read More
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    The Finish Line

    As we charge headlong into the last month of the school year, it is not uncommon to breathe a sigh of relief. In this momentary pause, I feel it is normal to reflect on the positives of our last 10 months. Like you, we intentionally build this reflection time into our work to evaluate our work and see if we have done all we can... Read More
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    Start Your Engines

    As we move into April, you know that we are nearing the end of another school year, but you also realize that there is a lot left to accomplish before the final bus leaves the carpool line. Here are a few reminders to hopefully keep things calm during our last months of the school year...Read More
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    It Doesn't Ring a Bell

    If you are anything like me, tasks and responsibilities that I only complete periodically in a year may tend to slip my mind when the calendar flips to that time of the year. New job processes, such as some things in MS-CPAS, may also add to this uncertainty. It definitely does for me...Read More
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    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...Read More
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    Off with the Old, On with the New

    With the start of every year, we reflect on the past year's accomplishments and look to improve in certain areas. With the new version and requirements of MS-CPAS, the assessment team is continuing to look through an educator's lens with a growth mindset toward improving everything we do to help Mississippi students...Read More
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    Effectively Using Reports

    As many of you know, using the data that comes from statewide testing appropriately can assist in planning and organization for any program. Reports from fall testing will be available Dec. 1. Here are some of the more important reports you should access from our website after each testing cycle...Read More
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    Testing-Prep Reminders for Test Coordinators

    As many of you know, the key to any successful testing period in a school setting hinges on planning and organization. Here are a few key reminders prior to starting testing in your school...Read More
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    New Assessment Scoring Methods

    Beginning this fall, you'll notice changes in how MS-CPAS tests are scored and how those scores are reported. The most immediate and noticeable difference for educators and parents is that individual test results will start to move from percentage scores to scaled scores...Read More
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    Notes from the Assessment Manager

    Wow! The summer flew by in the blink of an eye, and the 2017 school year is in full swing. As we enter a new school year, the assessment staff at the Research and Curriculum Unit turns our attention to fall MS-CPAS testing. We have just started a new 10-year contract with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), which we hope continues our efforts to assist administrators and educators in career and technical education (CTE) in improving instructional strategies and student outcomes through the data we provide in the coming years...Read More


Sean Owen, PhD
Associate Research Professor

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