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MASSACHUSETTS COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM (MCAS) HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION

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.

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.

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) Middle School Information

MCAS TESTING REQUIREMENTS AND TIMELINE
All students in grades 6th-8th must take Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science (8th grade only). This assessment is called MCAS 2.0. This test will include new types of questions specifically designed for MCAS 2.0 as well as other types of questions similar to those found on the PARCC.

2019-2020 MCAS TEST SCHEDULE
The complete MCAS Testing Schedule lists all Massachusetts standardized tests for the 2018-2019 school year.

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.

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