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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Item Descriptions for Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics

The spring 2017 grades 3–8 English language arts (ELA) and mathematics tests were administered in two formats: a computer-based version and a paper-based version. Schools were expected to administer computer-based tests in grades 4 and 8, and had a choice to administer computer- or paper-based tests in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7.

The parent/guardian report you received in the mail will tell you the mode of administration that your child took. This information, for each content area, can be found at the top right of the page. The Department also maintains a full listing of testing mode decisions by district and school. Below you will find item descriptions for each grade and content level by mode.

If you have questions on these resources, please contact the Office of Student Assessment at mcas@doe.mass.edu or by phone at 781-338-3625.

Descriptions

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Grade 3 English Language Arts Computer-Based Items
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Grade 3 English Language Arts Paper-Based Items
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Grade 4 English Language Arts Computer-Based Items
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Grade 4 English Language Arts Paper-Based Items
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Grade 5 English Language Arts Computer-Based Items
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Grade 5 English Language Arts Paper-Based Items
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Grade 6 English Language Arts Computer-Based Items
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Grade 6 English Language Arts Paper-Based Items
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Grade 7 English Language Arts Computer-Based Items
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Grade 7 English Language Arts Paper-Based Items
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Grade 8 English Language Arts Computer-Based Items
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Grade 8 English Language Arts Paper-Based Items
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Grade 3 Mathematics Computer-Based Items
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Grade 3 Mathematics Paper-Based Items
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Grade 4 Mathematics Computer-Based Items
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Grade 4 Mathematics Paper-Based Items
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Grade 5 Mathematics Computer-Based Items
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Grade 5 Mathematics Paper-Based Items
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Grade 6 Mathematics Computer-Based Items
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Grade 6 Mathematics Paper-Based Items
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Grade 7 Mathematics Computer-Based Items
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Grade 7 Mathematics Paper-Based Items
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Grade 8 Mathematics Computer-Based Items
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Grade 8 Mathematics Paper-Based Items


Last Updated: November 9, 2017
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