As part of the Competency Determination (CD) graduation requirements, an Educational Proficiency Plan (EPP) must be developed for any student who does not meet or exceed the Proficient level (a minimum scaled score of 240) or the next-generation equivalent on the MCAS grade 10 ELA and/or Mathematics tests. Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) is not part of the EPP requirement.
Each EPP includes, at a minimum:
The EPP is not required for students in the classes of 2020–2022, who are eligible for the modified CD.
An EPP must be developed for any student in the classes of 2026–2030 who earned a scaled score of 470–485 on the grade 10 ELA and/or grade 10 Mathematics test, and for any student in the classes of 2031 and beyond who earned a scaled score of 470–499 on the grade 10 ELA and/or grade 10 Mathematics test. In 2022, the Board voted to implement updates to the EPP beginning with the class of 2026. The updates include the following:
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted the EPP requirement in October 2006 as a change to the CD high school graduation requirement, beginning with the class of 2010. The goal of the EPP requirement is to increase the likelihood that students who graduate from Massachusetts high schools have the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college and the workforce.
MCAS/EPP Mathematics Testing Schedule
Questions and Answers about the EPP — last updated 8/27/2021
2022 MCAS/EPP Principal's Administration Instructions
2022 Principal's Assurances Form
2022 MCAS/EPP Test Administrator's Manual
Last Updated: October 20, 2022
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