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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Mathematics

Test Design

Test Blueprints by Grade

Below are the test blueprints for the spring 2016 MCAS Mathematics tests. Per the determination of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the MCAS tests in grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics will be augmented with a limited number of PARCC items for spring 2016. This will help make statewide comparisons easier and will offer students the opportunity to experience PARCC items while assessments for 2017 and beyond are being developed. Please note that the test design for grade 10 has not changed.

MCAS ItemsPARCC Items
GradeNumber of Multiple-Choice Items
(1 point per item)
Number of Short-Answer Items
(1 point per item)
Number of Open-Response (OR) Items
(4 points per item, grades 4–10; 2 points per item, grade 3 )
Total MCAS Common PointsNumber of Type I Items (1 or 2 points per item)*Number of Type II Items
(Constructed-Response; 4 points per item)
Number of Type III Items
(Constructed-Response; 3 points per item)
Total PARCC Points
326644041112
432645441112
532645441112
632645441112
732645441112
832645441112
  * Type I items may include the following types of items:
  • Multiple-Choice
  • Multiple-Select
  • Fill-in-the-blank
See examples of all item types at: https://prc.parcconline.org/assessments/parcc-released-items


MCAS
GradeNumber of Multiple-Choice Items (1 point per item)Number of Short-Answer Items (1 point per item)Number of Open-Response Items (4 points per item)Total Common Points Available per Form
10324660


MCAS Mathematics Reporting Categories
GradeReporting CategoryPercentage (+/- 5%)Total Number of Points
3Operations & Algebraic Thinking33%13 – 14
Number & Operations in Base Ten15%6
Number & Operations-Fractions15%6
Geometry12%4 – 5
Measurement & Data25%10
4Operations & Algebraic Thinking25%13 – 14
Number & Operations in Base Ten20%10 – 11
Number & Operations-Fractions20%10 – 11
Geometry15%8
Measurement & Data20%10 – 11
5Operations & Algebraic Thinking20%10 – 11
Number & Operations in Base Ten25%13 – 14
Number & Operations-Fractions25%13 – 14
Geometry10%5 – 6
Measurement & Data20%10 – 11
6Ratios & Proportional Relationships19%10 – 11
The Number System18%9 – 10
Expressions & Equations30%16
Geometry15%8
Statistics & Probability18%9 – 10
7Ratios & Proportional Relationships20%10 – 11
The Number System22%12
Expressions & Equations20%10 – 11
Geometry20%10 – 11
Statistics & Probability18%9 – 10
8The Number System5%3
Expressions & Equations30%16
Functions25%13 – 14
Geometry30%16
Statistics & Probability10%5 – 6
10 *Number & Quantity20%12
Algebra & Functions30%18
Geometry30%18
Statistics & Probability20%12

*Additional information on the reporting categories for the grade 10 mathematics MCAS.



Last Updated: January 20, 2016
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