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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Test Design and Development

Overview

The MCAS test development process-from the selection of the learning standards that are included in each test to the development of test items (questions) to the production of test booklets-is designed to ensure that test results are valid and reliable. Items undergo extensive review and field testing before they become common items.

The item development cycle, from the beginning of item development to the inclusion of an item as a common item on an MCAS test, generally takes two to three years.



Last Updated: February 10, 2009
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