Student Testing

Student Testing

A good testing system reflects high expectations for all students and measures student learning.

In Massachusetts, the state sets high standards for what a student should know and be able to do at each grade level and in each subject, and local and state assessments help show whether learning is happening.

Test results can help identify areas where students have mastered a subject, where students need more help, and where educators might need to adjust their lesson plans, materials, or approach in order for students to meet the standards.

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

Leticia, an Abington High School student who came to the U.S. not long ago, shares how support from her teacher and perseverance helped her pass the 10th-grade MCAS.

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