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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Next-Generation MCAS Supplemental Materials for Understanding Results

This page provides resources and information related to the results for the next-generation MCAS tests that were given in spring 2017 in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades 3-8. Student results are reported according to the achievement levels, defined below. This page also contains interpretive materials for parents and for educators, including item descriptions and information on the newly redesigned parent/guardian reports.

Next-Generation MCAS General Achievement Level Definitions (ELA and mathematics, grades 3-8 only)

Exceeding Expectations
A student who performed at this level exceeded grade-level expectations by demonstrating mastery of the subject matter.

Meeting Expectations
A student who performed at this level met grade-level expectations and is academically on track to succeed in the current grade in this subject.

Partially Meeting Expectations
A student who performed at this level partially met grade-level expectations in this subject. The school, in consultation with the student's parent/guardian, should consider whether the student needs additional academic assistance to succeed in this subject.

Not Meeting Expectations
A student who performed at this level did not meet grade-level expectations in this subject. The school, in consultation with the student's parent/guardian, should determine the coordinated academic assistance and/or additional instruction the student needs to succeed in this subject.

Resources for Parents

To access resources for parents, including FAQs, item descriptions, annotated parent/guardian reports, and other interpretive materials, please visit the MCAS parents page.

Resources for Educators

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Development of Next-Generation Achievement Levels
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Released Items, Answer Keys, and Item Descriptions
Download PowerPoint File
Understanding the Next-Generation MCAS
Download Zip File
Recording of October 16 Reporting Session for Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics Results
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Board of Elementary and Secondary Education October Meeting Materials


Last Updated: November 2, 2017
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