Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Statewide Testing Schedule and Administration Deadlines MCAS, MCAS Alternate Assessment, and ACCESS for ELLs

Schedule for This School Year

Statewide Testing Schedule and Administration Deadlines MCAS, MCAS Alternate Assessment, and ACCESS for ELLs

We are pleased to release the 2019-2020 MCAS testing schedule for grades 3–8 and high schools.

  1. Important Updates for 2019-2020: These updates are described on the attached 2019–2020 Statewide Testing Schedule and Administration Deadlines, and Recommended Testing Times Download Word Document.
    • Spring 2020 grades 3–8
      • The schedule includes an update from the initially released dates: in response to input from the field, the PBT windows are now the same length as the CBT ones.
      • ELA testing will again begin at the beginning of April. New for 2020, Mathematics and STE testing will begin in late April.

    • Spring 2020 high school STE
      • Students in grade 9 may participate in next-generation, computer-based Biology or Introductory Physics tests, or legacy, paper-based Chemistry or Technology/Engineering tests.
      • Students in grade 10 must participate in a high school STE test if they have not yet earned a scaled score of at least 220 on an STE test; they will take one of the four legacy, paper-based tests in Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering.
      • Students in grades 11 and 12 and adults may participate in the legacy, paper-based tests.

    • Fall 2019/2020 retests
      • Students in grades 11 and 12 and adults who need to take ELA and Mathematics retests will participate in legacy, paper-based retests.

  2. Guidance on Test Dates and Holiday Observances
    Districts that previously scheduled activities and now find a conflict with one of the prescribed test dates for the high school tests should contact the Office of Student Assessment Services, 781-338-3625.

    Principals should be aware that state and federal laws require schools to make reasonable accommodations for the religious needs of students and employees in observance of holy days. Students who are absent from school may participate in a make-up session as soon after the regularly administered session as possible. The observance of Ramadan will be April 23-May 23, 2020 (exact dates may vary). Schools may contact DESE with questions.

  3. CBT Expectation and Process for Requesting a Waiver Schools that need to do PBT at the school level (e.g., technology constraints, all students have a PBT accommodation, all students take the MCAS-Alt) must contact the Office of Student Assessment Services if they did not submit a waiver request.

  4. Concurrent Testing for High Schools
    High schools are expected to administer the spring tests to the maximum number of students who can be tested concurrently on the prescribed administration dates, and schools with technology constraints (only) may administer the test on the second two administration dates if needed. Schools with special circumstances must email DESE to discuss options.

Thank you. Please contact the Office of Student Assessment Services if there are any questions.

 
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