Certification & Recertification

All practitioners seeking to administer any of the NRS approved assessments in Massachusetts must obtain certification through the Center for Educational Assessment (CEA) at UMass Amherst.  

Note that for BEST Plus and CLAS-E, Writing Scoring, practitioners must also recertify annually with the CEA at UMass Amherst.

What is the purpose of certification and annual recertification (where applicable)? 

To ensure administration consistency and scoring accuracy statewide. 

Where do I find information about initial certification for NRS Assessments?

Initial Certification

Where do I find information about recertification for NRS Assessments?


Who can I contact if I have questions about certification and recertification?

For technical assistance and questions about recertification requirements, please contact the UMass Amherst Center for Educational Assessment at aclstesthelp@educ.umass.edu

For assessment policy matters, please contact Dana Varzan-Parker, ACLS Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Specialist at dvarzan-parker@doe.mass.edu.