MCAS Testing Requirements and Timeline
All students must pass Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science to receive a diploma from a Massachusetts public high school. Baystate Academy students take the ELA, Biology and Mathematics MCAS tests in spring of the 10th grade.
2016-2017 MCAS Test Schedule
The spring Grade 10 MCAS English Language Arts test is scheduled for March 21, 22, and 23. The spring Grade 10 MCAS Math test is scheduled for May 16 and 17. The spring MCAS Science tests are scheduled for June 1 and 2.
The complete MCAS Testing Schedule lists all Massachusetts standardized tests for the 2016-2017 school year.
Students who do not pass an MCAS test, who miss a regularly scheduled MCAS test, or who transfer to BACPS without having passed the required high school MCAS tests, must take a retest. ELA and Mathematics retests are given in late fall and early spring. There are no retests in science; students must take a regularly scheduled science MCAS test in February or June.
Preparing for the MCAS
Preparing for the MCAS tests and retests: Students wishing to prepare for MCAS tests should use the links below to access released MCAS tests. These tests, which contain answer keys, will give students a good sense of the types of questions and the type of material to be found on each subject area MCAS test.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education MCAS website offers more information about the state's testing requirements and has resources to help students prepare. Among these resources are MCAS tests from previous years.