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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

Science and Technology/Engineering

Test Design

Test Blueprints by Grade

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Legacy Grades 5 and 8 STE Test Design (2018 and prior)
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Next Generation Grades 5 and 8 STE Test Design (2019 and beyond)
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Legacy Biology and Introductory Physics Test Design
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Next Generation Biology and Introductory Physics Test Design (June 2020 and beyond)
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Legacy Chemistry and Technology/Engineering Test Design


Instructional Guidelines

Instructional Guidelines for STE Grades 3-5 Download Word Document, STE Grades 6-8 Download Word Document, High School Biology Download Word Document, and High School Introductory Physics Download Word Document are located on the Science and Technology/Engineering webpage. The intention of these documents is to help provide additional guidance around the instruction and content of the Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) standards. The selected standards represent a sample and should not be used as a complete curriculum guide. The standards in these documents were selected based on the new content or frequently asked questions from the field and should not be considered as more important than other standards. This guidance is aligned with the assessment expectations of the next-generation MCAS test based on the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework. The information provided in these documents are not an exhaustive list of what will be assessed on the MCAS test. These documents may be updated as necessary; please refer to the revision dates on the bottom of each document.



Last Updated: June 14, 2019
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