Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® Recruitment
Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure®
Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® Recruitment

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why should I become involved in test development activities?
Participation in test development activities provides educators with an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across the state and to assist in the preparation and development of educator licensure test materials for Massachusetts.
How do I get involved in test development activities?
The first step is to complete and submit an application. Once an application is received, an educator's qualifications will be reviewed in regard to open committee spaces. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (the Department) will review applications and approve educators for participation. Selected educators will then be sent an invitation.
Where are the meetings typically held?
Most meetings will take place at a centrally located conference facility in the Westborough area.
How does my school district get reimbursed for a substitute teacher? How do I get reimbursed for my mileage and travel expenses?
You will receive your substitute reimbursement form at each meeting. Expense forms will be available online.
I have colleagues who would like to attend. May I encourage them to participate?
All interested participants need to submit an application, which will be considered by the Department. Please ask your colleague(s) to submit an application from this website. You may also nominate colleague(s) by completing a nomination form available on this website.
If I do not get selected to participate in a test development conference, are there other opportunities to get involved?
Yes, you could be involved in the following types of test development activities:
  • Content Validation Survey. As a Massachusetts public school educator or as a higher education faculty member in an educator preparation program, you may be selected to participate in a survey to verify the importance of each test objective for entry-level teaching.
  • Pilot Testing. If you are a faculty member in an educator preparation program, you may be asked to assist in pilot testing the draft test items by encouraging your students to participate. Participating in the pilot test will allow students the opportunity to respond to the types of items that may be on future MTEL tests.
What are the arrangements for hotel accommodations?
Evaluation Systems will reserve a hotel room for you, if needed. The cost of the room and tax will be directly billed to Evaluation Systems. You will be asked to provide a credit card number for incidentals. Should you need to cancel your attendance at the meeting, and/or cancel or modify your overnight accommodations reservation, please contact Evaluation Systems as soon as possible (Evaluation Systems does incur charges for no-shows and for sleeping room cancellations that occur later than 3:00 p.m. the day before check-in). If you need to cancel your accommodations after 5:00 p.m., please contact the hotel directly.
Can I bring my cell phone and/or PDA?
As a courtesy to other attendees and facilitators, please refrain from the use of cell phones or PDAs during the meeting. We ask that you kindly turn off your phone/PDA or set it to vibrate and not take calls during the meeting.
What if I have special dietary requests?
Evaluation Systems selects menus that we hope everyone will enjoy. We realize that some individuals have special dietary requests. Attendees who notify us about special dietary requests are provided with a meal based as closely as possible on their specific dietary needs. Due to the large number of attendees and/or the ability of the conference facility to accommodate, substitutions to the standard conference meal may not be possible. Please make alternative meal arrangements if you have very specific dietary restrictions, as our food and beverage options may not meet your needs.
What should I wear?
Business attire is appropriate for all conference activities. We recommend that you dress in layers and bring a sweater or jacket to the meeting in case the room temperature is not comfortable for you.
Are the meeting rooms and hotel accommodations handicap accessible?
Evaluation Systems strives to hold meetings that are accessible to all. If you require special assistance, auxiliary aids, or other reasonable accommodations to participate fully in the meeting, please let us know. Any information regarding your disability will remain confidential.
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