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MCAS Performance Appeals

Commissioner's Message to Parents and Students

September 2015

Dear Parents and High School Students,

Welcome to the MCAS Performance Appeals website. The purpose of the MCAS appeals process is to provide an opportunity for high school students who have not yet passed MCAS tests in one or more of the required subjects to demonstrate through their coursework that they have the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the academic standards in the subject of the appeal. For information about the Massachusetts graduation requirements, please visit High School Graduation Requirements, Scholarships, and Academic Support Opportunities.

A student who is having difficulty passing one or more of the required high school MCAS tests may have an appeal filed on his or her behalf if the student meets all eligibility requirements. Only the student's school district may initiate the appeal process. However, parents and students (if age 18 or over) may request that the district file an appeal. If an appeal is granted, the student is deemed to have met the requirements for the CD in the subject of the appeal. More information about the appeals process is included in this website.

There are three types of MCAS appeals. Cohort appeals are reviewed monthly from October through June and should be submitted by the first week of each month in order to be reviewed that month. For more information about cohort appeals, please visit the "Filing MCAS Appeals". Portfolio appeals are reviewed three times during the year. For submission deadlines and other information about portfolio appeals, please visit the "Filing Portfolio Appeals". Transcript appeals may be submitted in cases where a student has transferred into a Massachusetts school in grade 12 after the MCAS retests have been administered in March. For more information about transcript appeals, please visit the "Filing MCAS Appeals".

Earning a high school diploma is critical for success. It is my intention to ensure that all high school students are given multiple opportunities to meet the state's graduation requirements. The appeals process gives eligible students another opportunity to attempt to meet these requirements. While the majority of students meet the standards by passing the required high school MCAS tests or retests, more than 4,000 students have already met the requirements through the MCAS Performance Appeals process.

I urge you to continue to encourage your children to work with the teachers, counselors, and administrators at their schools toward this important and achievable goal.

Sincerely,

Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D.
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education



Last Updated: July 27, 2015
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