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MCAS Performance Appeals

Commissioner's Message to Parents and Students

September 2016

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. Please visit High School Graduation Requirements, Scholarships, and Academic Support Opportunities for additional information about the Massachusetts graduation requirements.

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 is included in the Guide to the MCAS Performance Appeals Process Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document.

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. Portfolio appeals are reviewed three times during the year. For submission deadlines and other information about portfolio appeals, please see Filing Portfolio Appeals. Transcript appeals may be submitted for students who have transferred into a Massachusetts school in grade 12 after the MCAS retests have been administered in March. For more information about transcript appeals, please see 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 7,000 students have already met the requirements through the MCAS Performance Appeals process.

I urge you to continue to encourage your child to work with the teachers, counselors, and administrators at their school to achieve this important and achievable goal.

Sincerely,

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



Last Updated: August 10, 2016
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