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Parents Guide to the MCAS

In October, we released the first results of the next-generation MCAS in English language arts and mathematics in grades 3-8. These results, from tests students took in spring 2017, are a new baseline for students, schools, and districts as we move to a test that measures student learning differently and focuses on students' readiness for the next grade level.

Several resources are available to help understand the assessment and the results, including the interactive Parents' Guide to the MCAS and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Other resources are posted on our MCAS parents page.

General questions about MCAS results and supplemental resources can be directed to the Office of Student Assessment at or by phone at 781-338-3625. Parents with specific questions about their student's results may wish to check in with their child's teacher for more information.

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Learning standards

The state, working with Massachusetts educators, establishes learning standards that describe what a student should know and be able to do at each grade level.

Student Testing

Student testing

State assessments help educators, parents, and policymakers determine where students are mastering the material and where they need additional help.

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School and program options

Because each student learns differently, we support a variety of school choices and educational options for K-12 students and adult learners.

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School and district turnaround

When underperforming schools and districts aren't improving, we work with districts to better serve students.

School and Destrict Data

School and district data

The Department collects a wide range of data to help improve teaching and learning in Massachusetts schools.

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Education laws, regulations, & guidance

Federal and state education laws, regulations, and guidance and public records requests

Research & best practices

Recent research findings and best practices from Massachusetts schools and resources for district planning

Pathways to graduation and college & career readiness

Information on college and career readiness initiatives

Digital learning & technology

Digital learning and technology policy development; technology planning, readiness, and funding; and virtual schools

School monitoring & resolutions

Problem resolution process for complaints not resolved at the local level, monitoring of public schools and private approved special education schools

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No-cost basic educational services for adults, including high school equivalency/adult diploma programs

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