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
- 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.