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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

MCAS Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs)

Science and Technology/Engineering

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.

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Grade 5 STE Achievement Level Descriptors
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Grade 8 STE Achievement Level Descriptors
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High School Biology (Legacy, Next Generation ALDs Coming in 2020)
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High School Chemistry (Legacy)
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High School Technology/Engineering (Legacy)
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Legacy Performance Level Descriptors


Last Updated: September 16, 2019
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