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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Participation Requirements for Students

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General Requirements

All Students educated with Massachusetts public funds are required by state   and federal   laws to participate in MCAS.

The 1993 Education Reform Law mandates that all students in the tested grades who are educated with Massachusetts public funds participate in MCAS, including

  • students enrolled in public schools
  • students enrolled in charter schools
  • students enrolled in educational collaboratives
  • students enrolled in private schools receiving special education that is publicly funded by the Commonwealth, including approved and unapproved private special education schools within and outside Massachusetts
  • students enrolled in institutional settings receiving educational services
  • students in military families Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
  • students in the custody of either the Department of Social Services (DSS) or the Department of Youth Services (DYS)
  • students with disabilities (see Students with Disabilities)
  • students with limited English proficiency (see ELL Students)
  • students in high school (see High School Participation Requirements and Guidelines)

See the Principal’s Administration Manual for more detailed information about general participation requirements.

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MCAS and PARCC Participation Requirements

Students with Disabilities

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Requirements for the Participation of Students with Disabilities in MCAS (2015-2016 Update)
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2015-2016 Accommodation 20 Cover Sheet
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Approval Guide for Individualized Mathematics Reference Sheets (Accommodation 20)
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Pre-approved Graphic Organizers for use with Accommodation 20
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Sample Science and Technology/Engineering Reference Sheets for Use with Accommodation 20
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MCAS Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Disabilities
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Guidelines for Participation of Students Diagnosed with Concussions
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Administrative Advisory SPED 2002-4- REVISED:
Special Education Students in Out-of-District Placements - Participation
in MCAS Testing and High School Graduation Standards

ELL Students

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Requirements for the Participation of ELLs in ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, MCAS, and PARCC (2015-2016 Update)
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Bilingual Dictionaries and Glossaries Authorized for Use by English Language Learners on MCAS and PARCC Tests
- Updated Fall 2015


Last Updated: September 1, 2015
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