For the first time ever, this year's MCAS Parent Reports will include growth model data. Many parents will likely have questions about this new data. To make this new data less confusing I recommend going to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education online tutorial which is geared specifically for parents. The tutorial is in powerpoint format with audio and requires no special software. It was created to help parents understand what the growth model represents. The tutorial is posted at http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/growth/tutorial2.html.