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 the Spring 2021 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) testing is scheduled to take place for students in grades 3–8 in April and May. More information and guidance will be forthcoming about spring MCAS and ACCESS for English Learners (ELLs).
The January high school English language arts and mathematics MCAS schedule has been released for students in grades 11 and 12 and beyond who have yet to earn their Competency Determination. The January MCAS tests will be legacy tests administered on computers, with a paper version available for students who require that as an accommodation. Conditions may change because of the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.