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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

MCAS Sample Letters and Forms

Background

The 1993 Massachusetts Education Reform Law, state law M. G. L. Chapter 69, section 1I, mandates that all students in the tested grades who are educated with Massachusetts public funds participate in MCAS. Refer to the student participation web pages for details.

Since grade 10 students — as well as students in grades 3–8 — are required to participate in MCAS testing, the letter and form below are not applicable for students in these grades. Students in these grades must participate in MCAS testing, and there is no form to be used to "opt out" of testing.

Students in grades 11 and 12 and beyond who are eligible according to these guidelines have the right to participate in high school MCAS tests and retests.

The Department recommends that high schools prepare for each test administration period by notifying parents/guardians of eligible students in writing of their children’s right to participate, and districts are required to provide annual written notice to former students from the previous two years who have not yet earned their Competency Determination (CD) to inform them of academic support options and retesting opportunities. For students who choose not to participate, it is recommended that parents/guardians sign an acknowledgment of their children’s nonparticipation. If students do not wish to participate in an MCAS testing opportunity, and the parents/guardians agree, schools are encouraged to obtain their signatures on a form to document that the opportunity was offered and refused.

In addition, the Department encourages grade 9 students to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in Science and Technology/Engineering testing in grade 9 instead of grade 10. Parents/guardians, in consultation with principals and other school personnel, have the option to request that their child participate in testing at grade 10 instead. The sample letter and form are also recommended for this use.

Note: First time grade 10 students must participate in MCAS testing and may not use this form to opt out of testing.

Sample Non-Participation Letter

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Sample Non-Participation Form

Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
English
Download PDF Document
Arabic
Download PDF Document
Cape Verdean
Download PDF Document
Chinese (Traditional)
Download PDF Document
Haitian Creole
Download PDF Document
Khmer
Download PDF Document
Korean
Download PDF Document
Portuguese
Download PDF Document
Russian
Download PDF Document
Spanish
Download PDF Document
Vietnamese


Last Updated: February 21, 2017
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