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Initial Release of the 2022–23 MCAS and ACCESS for ELLs Testing Schedule

We are pleased to release the initial 2022–23 MCAS and ACCESS for ELLs testing schedule . All MCAS tests will have two sessions and will be untimed.

  1. Updates for High Schools
    • As previously announced, the legacy retests in ELA and Mathematics were phased out with the last administration in November 2021. For the first time in 2022–23, all of the retests are next-generation, computer-based tests, with a paper-based accommodation available.
    • Beginning with the February 2023 administration, Introductory Physics will be offered twice a year, along with Biology. The Chemistry and Technology/Engineering tests will be offered in June 2023 for the last time; only students in grades 10 and above may take them. (See the first item in the January 31 Commissioner's Update for more information on the transition plan.)

  2. Guidance on Test Dates and Holiday Observances
    Principals should be aware that state and federal laws require schools to make reasonable accommodations for the religious needs of students and employees in observance of holy days (see guidance and links to interfaith calendars). Students who are absent from school may participate in a make-up session as soon as possible after the regularly administered session. Schools may contact the Office of Student Assessment Services with questions.

    High schools should note that the spring grade 10 ELA test is scheduled for March 28–29, 2023, which is approximately one week after the start of Ramadan. Schools should contact the Department with any questions.

  3. Computer-Based Testing (CBT) Expectation and Process for Requesting a Waiver
    All tests, with the exception of Chemistry and Technology/Engineering, are next-generation, computer-based tests, and schools will be expected to administer these tests online. Schools with special circumstances (e.g., there are technology constraints that make computer-based testing unfeasible; all students will take the MCAS-Alt; all students will take paper-based tests as an accommodation) may request a school-level exemption following procedures to be provided in the fall.

Check back in the fall for additional information on the testing schedule, including make-up testing windows, student registration dates, and other test administration deadlines. Guidance will also be provided in the fall on recommended testing times.

Thank you.

Last Updated: February 23, 2022

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