Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System – MCAS

The MCAS remains closely aligned to the Common Core Standards that were adopted as Massachusetts State Frameworks in July 2011. It is intended to provide you and your child’s teacher with information about how our students are performing relative to the MA State Frameworks. Results from the MCAS assessment are used by the District to inform professional development for teachers, curriculum material purchases and instructional practices.


Please assist us by providing your child with encouragement and reassurance leading up to these assessments. It is important to remind your child that these assessments are an opportunity to share how much they know and are able to do. It is merely one piece of information demonstrating their many talents.

MCAS Update

DESE has released new tentative dates for MCAS administration for Spring 2021 for grades 3-8. The new dates are:

Grades 3,4 and 5:  ELA, Math, STE May 10-June 11
Grades 6, 7, and 8: ELA, Math, STE To be determined


MCAS High School Update

Commissioner Riley is recommending to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to amend state graduation requirements for the Class of 2022. Upon Board approval this will mean that the class of 2022 (this year’s 11th grade students) will not be required to take MCAS. Additionally, the timeline for administering the tests in grades 3 through 8 and 10 will be extended until June 11th.

“Current juniors and seniors may still take the test this spring to qualify for the Adams Scholarship and Koplik Certificate of Mastery. Juniors who do not participate this spring will be able to test for scholarships during the retest period in fall 2021.”

“Additionally, DESE will offer remote administration of the English language arts, mathematics, and science assessments this spring for grades 3 through 8 to accommodate families who chose to have their children learn remotely through the end of the school year. The Department will provide school districts with additional information in the coming weeks.”

Please read the letters below from HHS North for 10th and 11th graders:

Please read the letters below from HHS Dean for 10th and 11th graders:

Students sitting at graduation.
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