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.
Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Jeffrey Riley announced that due to the coronavirus outbreak and ongoing health crisis, MCAS assessments for spring 2020 have been officially canceled.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted Tuesday to modify the competency determination graduation requirement for current high school seniors during this COVID-19 emergency. Commissioner Riley shared this information message with superintendents in a letter on Wednesday that contained the following additional information:
“Under this change, seniors who have not passed one or more of the high school MCAS tests will be able to earn the competency determination through successful completion of a relevant high school course.
For current high school seniors, as well as other actively enrolled students who were on track to graduate in the 2019-2020 school year (including the summer of 2020), the competency determination would be awarded in each subject as follows:
- For English language arts and mathematics – upon district certification that the student earned credit this year for a course aligned to the curriculum frameworks in the relevant subject matter and has demonstrated competency in that subject. For students who were not enrolled in a course in the needed subject area during this school year, DESE will examine relevant coursework the district identifies for which the student received credit in previous school years.
- For science and technology/engineering – upon district certification that the student earned credit for a course aligned to the curriculum frameworks in the relevant subject matter and has demonstrated competency in one of the four tested disciplines (biology, chemistry, introductory physics, and technology/engineering) in either the current school year or a prior school year.”
More information and guidance will be forthcoming.